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John Wise indicted for fatally shooting wife in Ohio hospital

In this undated photo provided by the Summit County Sheriff Department shows John Wise. Wise, 66, is suspected of the mercy killing of his wife, who was shot at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department

John Wise
AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department

(CBS/AP) AKRON, Ohio - John Wise was indicted for murder Monday in the suspected mercy killing of his wife at a northeastern Ohio hospital.

Wise previously had been charged with murder in municipal court, but Monday's indictment from a Summit County grand jury supersedes that charge. He is expected to enter a plea when he makes his next court appearance on Friday.

Wise, 66, faces one count each of aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault in the Aug. 4 shooting of his wife in the intensive care unit of Akron General Medical Center.

A friend says Wise's wife, Barbara, had been disabled by a stroke when he shot her.

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