An Ohio man suspected of killing his ailing wife surprised a courtroom Tuesday when told he was being charged with attempted murder, asking the judge: "Is she not dead?"
John Wise, 66, of Massillon, Ohio, is accused of shooting his wife of 45 years as he stood at her bedside in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center on Saturday. The single gunshot brought security officers rushing into the room, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Wise surrendered without incident, and has reportedly been cooperating with investigators in what is now being referred to as a suspected mercy killing.
Barbara Wise, 65, died the following day. She had been in critical condition in the ICU for several days, though details of her illness were not immediately available.