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posted: 8/7/2012 9:18 AM

Man in wife's ICU shooting confused about charge

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Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- 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.

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