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John Wise, Ohio man, charged in fatal hospital shooting of wife

John Wise, 66, is charged in the shooting of his wife in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center Saturday. She died the next morning, in what may have been a mercy killing. AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department

(CBS/AP) AKRON, Ohio - John Wise appeared perplexed at the attempted murder charge against him when he stood before a judge Tuesday.  Accused of shooting his wife in a hospital intensive care unit in what may have been a mercy killing, Wise asked the judge whether she was indeed dead.

Wise appeared before an Akron Municipal Court judge via video from jail on an aggravated attempted murder charge. The judge delayed his formal arraignment until Wednesday to give Wise time to get an attorney.

Wise was apparently confused about the attempted murder charge Tuesday, asking, "Is she not dead?"

Hours later, a medical examiner issued a report ruling the death of Barbara Wise from the gunshot wound a homicide, clearing the way for prosecutors to consider more serious charges.

Visiting Judge Marvin Shapiro told Wise he would soon have an attorney who could answer his questions.

Wise is charged with shooting his wife of 45 years in the head while at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center on Saturday. She died the next morning.

Wise surrendered to hospital security after the shooting and has cooperated with investigators. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police said Barbara Wise had been in critical condition in the ICU for several days, but details of her illness haven't been made public.

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