Man in wife's ICU shooting confused about charge

THOMAS J. SHEERAN
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. She died the next morning. Wide seemed perplexed at the charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 on an aggravated attempted murder charge, asking whether his wife was indeed dead. (AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man suspected of the mercy killing of his wife seemed perplexed at the charge, asking a judge whether his wife was indeed dead.

John Wise appeared before an Akron municipal court judge via video from jail Tuesday morning on an aggravated attempted murder charge. His bond was set at $1 million.

The 66-year-old Wise is charged with shooting his wife of 45 years at her bedside Saturday. She died the next morning.

The attempted murder charge against him is expected to be upgraded after an autopsy.

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

The judge didn't answer his question but said he would soon have an attorney who could.