The Massillon man accused in the suspected mercy killing of his wife in an intensive care unit has been found competent to stand trial.
The Independent in Massillon reports 68-year-old John Wise had a pre-trial hearing Wednesday. Court officials say Wise is fit to stand trial according to a competency evaluation. The trial has been set for October 28.
Wise has pleaded not guilty. On July 11, his attorney refiled a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.
His wife, Barbara, was in the ICU at Akron General Medical Center after she had reportedly suffered a massive stroke. On August 4, 2012, Wise allegedly walked into the ICU, shot his wife, and then peacefully surrendered to police.
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