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    Defense: Ohio man 'snapped,' shot wife in hospital

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    AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A defense attorney said an Ohioan who believed his wife was getting sicker "mentally snapped" and shot her to death as she lay in a hospital's intensive care unit.

    The attorney told a jury in Akron on Monday that nothing in John Wise's past would've indicated he'd fatally shoot his wife of 45 years.

    The 68-year-old Massillon (MAS'-ih-lawn) man could face life in prison if convicted of killing her. He's pursuing an insanity defense.

    Wise appeared teary-eyed as a prosecutor described the 2012 shooting during opening statements.

    Prosecutor Brian LoPrinzi says Wise wrote an apologetic note before he took a taxi to the hospital and shot his wife with a pistol.

    Friends of the couple call it a mercy killing, but that's not a legal defense in Ohio.

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