Updated 1:22 p.m.
The scheduled start of the trial of John Wise of Massillon is on hold for now. Wise faces an aggravated murder count in the death of his wife of 45 years, Barbara, after he shot her in the ICU of Akron General last August. Courthouse officials said the judge in the case had other trial commitments today and the trial will be rescheduled.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is standing trial for allegedly shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in what may have been a mercy killing.
Jury selection in the aggravated murder trial of John Wise is scheduled to start Monday morning in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron. He has pleaded not guilty.
The 67-year-old Wise, of Massillon, was charged with shooting his 65-year-old wife Barbara in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center on Aug. 4. She died the next morning.
A friend said Barbara Wise had been disabled by a stroke and that the couple had agreed they never wanted to become disabled in a nursing home. Wise's attorney said his client had always acted toward his wife with love.
The trial of the alleged mastermind in the Craigslist killings continued Tuesday and included some chilling testimony from the lone survivor in the lure-to-kill scheme.
The Associated Press reports Scott Davis took the witness stand to testify against 53-year old Richard Beasley, the man he says shot him while inquiring about the phony Craigslist job offer to work on a Noble County farm.
Davis told the jury he thought he was going to die that day.
"I just kept running and I finally stopped and found a place to hide," Davis said.
He said he was in the woods for seven hours until he could get to a nearby house to get some medical help.
Davis along with three other men were looking for work on the farm after seeing the online ad posted in 2011. Ralph Geiger, Timothy Kern, and David Pauley were all killed in the plot.
Davis testified when he went to meet the man who promised him a job, he fled into the woods after hearing a gun cock.
"I heard a curse word and a click," he said. "I thought I was going to die."
Davis said Beasley fired multiple shots at him, hitting him in the elbow. Bloodied and scared, he ran until he walked to a man's house for help.
Beasley pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping charges.
Co-defendant Brogan Rafferty of Stow was convicted for his role in the case and sentenced to life in prison. He too is on the prosecution's witness list in the case against Beasley.
Beasley could get the death penalty if convicted.
The condemned Ohio inmate scheduled to die next week has chosen not to appeal the judge's order allowing his execution.
The Associated Press reports Mark Wiles, who is scheduled to die next week isn't appealing the ruling set by the judge.
He would be the first inmate put to death in Ohio in six months following legal battles over Ohio's execution policies.
Wiles was sentenced to die for killing his employers' son,15-year-old Mark Klima in a Portage County farmhouse robbery in in 1985. He stabbed the teen with the knife used to cut his birthday cake the day before.
Wiles' attorney told the AP his client was not appealing but declined to say why or comment
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