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Jury selection begins in trial of Ohio man charged with fatally shooting wife in hospital bed


FILE - John Wise is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Summit County Sheriffs Department. Wise, a 68-year-old man charged with fatally shooting his wife in her hospital bed did so out of love and will tell the jury at his trial about his heartbreak over her debilitated condition, his attorney said. John Wise is scheduled to go on trial Monday, Nov. 4,2013 in Akron.(AP Photo/Summit County Sheriff Department, File) (The Associated Press)

The defense will argue a loving husband was insane when he fatally shot his wife in a hospital intensive care unit in Ohio.

Jury selection began Monday in the Akron trial of 68-year-old John Wise, of Massillon (MAS'-ih-lawn).

He 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. A longtime friend of the couple says the two had agreed they didn't want to live out their years bedridden and disabled.

Prosecutors declined to discuss the case in advance of the trial.

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