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Man on Trial for Shooting Terminally Ill Wife

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A doctor who was caring for an Ohio woman says she wasn't terminally ill when her husband shot her to death in her hospital bed.
   
Dr. Michael A. Passero Jr. is a pulmonary care physician at Akron General Medical Center. He told a jury Tuesday that Barbara Wise was stable and responding to medication when her husband, John, shot her in August 2012.
   
The 68-year-old Massillon man is standing trial in his wife's slaying in Akron.
   
Wise is pursuing an insanity defense. His attorney told the jury that Wise was a loving husband whose mental state declined after his wife was hospitalized, spiraling to a point of despair.
   
Friends of the couple previously called it a mercy killing.

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AKRON, Ohio (WKRC) -- Statements are underway Monday in Akron for a man accused of shooting his terminally ill wife.

68-year-old John Wise could face life in prison if convicted of killing his wife last year as she lay debilitated in a hospital bed, unable to speak.

Friends have called it a mercy killing, but that's not a legal defense in Ohio. 

The prosecutor says Wise wrote an apologetic note before he took a taxi to the hospital and shot his wife with a pistol.

A longtime friend of the couple, who had been married 45 years, said the two had agreed they didn't want to live out their years bedridden and disabled.

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