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  • ‘Mercy killing’ suspect still under house arrest

  • A Massillon man accused of fatally shooting his critically-ill wife in August at Akron General Medical Center remains on house arrest pending his next court appearance.

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  • A Massillon man accused of fatally shooting his critically-ill wife in August at Akron General Medical Center remains on house arrest pending his next court appearance.
    The next pre-trial hearing for John Wise, 66, of 227 Hawthorne Ave. NE, is set for 10 a.m., Jan. 9, in Summit County Common Pleas Court. Wise has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault stemming from the death of his wife of 45 years, Barbara. Wise is on electronically-monitored house arrest and is required to follow the rules of the court’s pretrial release program.
    During a pre-trial conference last week, Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands modified Wise’s bond to $200,000, or 10 percent cash, granting a motion filed by Wise’s defense attorney, Paul Adamson. Prosecutors did not object to the move. Wise was released from jail in August after posting 10 percent, or $50,000, of a $500,000 bond. Court papers show that the difference in the bond amounts will be refunded to Wise, who also waived his right to a speedy trial.
    Adamson was unavailable for comment Thursday afternoon.
    In a court judgment entry, Rowlands also agreed to allow Wise to leave his Hawthorne Avenue NE home between 1 and 4 p.m., Nov. 8, to shop for winter clothing.
    Wise is accused of walking into his wife’s hospital room with a loaded gun and shooting her at least once in the head. Barbara Wise, 65, died the next day. She had been hospitalized for a week after reportedly suffering a triple brain aneurysm on July 28 at the couple’s Hawthorne Avenue home that left her unable to speak.
    One of Wise’s former coworkers told The Associated Press that the couple had agreed they never wanted to become disabled and be forced to move into a nursing home.
    If convicted of aggravated murder, Wise faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole.