Police say that on Saturday, 66-year-old John Wise went to visit is wife of 45 years, Barbara Wise, who was in critical condition at Akron General Medical Center. She had been admitted there after emergency personnel responded to the Wises’ home on July 28. No details on what her condition was, but reports are that for the last few days she was in an “extremely disabled state.”
As John stood by his wife’s hospital bed he removed a handgun he had brought with him and shot his wife. He immediately surrendered to hospital security and was later taken to jail on a charge of attempted aggravated murder.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that in John Wise’s mind, the motive was to end his wife’s suffering,” Captain Zampelli said.
They did not charge him with a more serious murder charge because at the time he was charged, Barbara was not dead. She did not die until Sunday when doctors pronounced her brain dead. Her autopsy is scheduled for today or tomorrow after which time it is likely that prosecutors will modify charges against John. No word on if those modifications will be a more serious murder charge, or a charge that reflects a mercy killing.
I know what he did was illegal and that he should be charged with something, even though I totally understand the motive behind the killing. But to let him off unpunished just opens the door for spouses wanting to off their significant other while using “mercy killing” as the motive.
Although if her were get no jail time, I’m sure future headlines on DD would be interesting:
No Jail For Man Who Stabbed Wife To Death After She Broke A NailTags: Crime, hospital, John Wise, mercy killing, Murder, Ohio, Shooting