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  • Trial date set for man accused of killing wife in hospital

  • John Wise, of Massillon, has been found competent to stand trial Oct. 28 in the shooting death of his wife.

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  • A Massillon man has been found competent to stand trial in the August 2012 shooting death of his wife in Akron General Medical Center.
    John Wise, 68, had a pre-trial hearing Wednesday before Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands in Summit County Court of Common Pleas. He has pleaded not guilty.
    Wise’s attorney, Paul F. Adamson of Akron, refiled a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on July 11.
    A competency evaluation stipulated that Wise is fit to stand trial, said Dorianne Denard, bailiff for Rowlands. The Oct. 28 trial date also was confirmed, she said. A sanity evaluation is still pending, Denard said.   
    Wise allegedly used a handgun to shoot and kill his wife of 45 years in the intensive care unit a week after she reportedly suffered a massive stroke at the couple’s Massillon home. Barbara Wise, 65, was pronounced dead the next day by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.
    At the beginning of the investigation, Akron police called the shooting a possible “mercy killing.”
    A Summit County grand jury indicted Wise on charges of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault. If convicted of aggravated murder, Wise faces a life sentence without parole. Wise has remained under house arrest.