Doctor: Slain Ohio woman wasn't terminally ill

John Wise is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Summit County Sheriffs Department.

A doctor told a jury Tuesday that Barbara Wise was stable and responding to medication when her husband, John Wise, shot her in August 2012.

AKRON, Ohio — A doctor who was caring for an Ohio woman says she wasn't terminally ill when her husband shot her to death in her hospital bed.

Dr. Michael A. Passero Jr. is a pulmonary care physician at Akron General Medical Center. He told a jury Tuesday that Barbara Wise was stable and responding to medication when her husband, John, shot her in August 2012.

The 68-year-old Massillon man is standing trial in his wife's slaying in Akron.

Wise is pursuing an insanity defense. His attorney told the jury that Wise was a loving husband whose mental state declined after his wife was hospitalized, spiraling to a point of despair.

Friends of the couple previously called it a mercy killing.

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

Join MSN News on social

Share your point of view with us on Facebook

Get the latest news and updates on Twitter

See photos and videos on tumblr