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The Suburbanite
  • Massillon 'mercy killing' suspect posts bond

  • A Massillon man charged with fatally shooting his wife while she was receiving care at the Akron General Medical Center intensive care unit earlier this month was released Tuesday from the Summit County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $500,000 bond.

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  • A Massillon man accused of fatally shooting his wife Aug. 4 while she was hospitalized in intensive care at Akron General Medical Center was placed on house arrest earlier this week following his release from the Summit County Jail.
    John Wise, 66, of 227 Hawthorne Ave. NE, was freed from jail Tuesday after posting 10 percent, or $50,000, of his $500,000 bond, according to a Summit County Clerk of Courts employee. Wise is required to be electronically monitored and follow the rules of the court’s pretrial release program as conditions of his release.
    Last week, Wise pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault stemming from the shooting death of his wife of 45 years, Barbara Wise. During the hearing, a Summit County Common Pleas magistrate agreed to lower Wise’s bond amount from $1 million to $500,000. Defense attorney Paul Adamson had sought to have Wise’s bond reduced to $250,000, arguing that his client was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to himself or others. Prosecutors objected to any reduction in Wise’s bond.
    Court records show Adamson filed a motion Wednesday, requesting that Wise’s pretrial hearing be moved from next Wednesday to Sept. 19 to give him time to “initiate discovery in these proceedings.” Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands has not ruled on Adamson’s motion.
    Authorities say John Wise walked into his wife’s hospital room with a loaded gun and shot her at least once in the head. She died the next day. Her death later was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Barbara Wise, 65, had been hospitalized at Akron General for a week after reportedly suffering a triple brain aneurysm at the couple’s Hawthorne Avenue Northeast home. The shooting has been described as a possible “mercy killing.”
    Wise faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole if convicted of the aggravated murder charge, which alleges he acted with “prior calculation and design.” If a jury convicts Wise of murder, he could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. A trial date has not been set.