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John Wise, 66, with a white beard down to his chest and dressed in a red-and-white striped jail outfit, appeared before an Akron municipal court judge via video from jail on an aggravated attempted murder charge. His bond was set at $1 million.
The judge delayed his formal arraignment until Wednesday to give Mr. Wise time to get an attorney.
Mr. Wise, who lived with his wife of 45 years in Massillon, is charged with shooting her Saturday at her bedside in the ICU unit of Akron General Medical Center. She died the next morning.
The attempted murder charge against him is expected to be upgraded after an autopsy, expected to occur by Wednesday.
But Mr. Wise apparently was confused about the attempted murder charge Tuesday, asking, “Is she not dead?”
Man pleads not guiltyin father’s fake death plot
HEMPSTEAD — A New York man accused of helping his father try to fake his own death by falsely reporting that the elder man had disappeared while going for a swim was arraigned Tuesday on conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and other charges.
Jonathan Roth, 22, pleaded not guilty in a Long Island courtroom, where bond was set at $10,000. His girlfriend told reporters it was unlikely the unemployed warehouse worker would be able to post the bond.
Mr. Roth called police on July 28 to report that his father had gone swimming at New York’s Jones Beach and disappeared.
Investigators wrote in court papers that Mr. Roth “was fully aware that his father never walked into the water and had in fact driven off in his own personal vehicle.” The criminal complaint alleges Mr. Roth and his father, Raymond, conspired to get more than $50,000 in life insurance money by having Jonathan Roth try to file a claim on July 31.
Days after his disappearance, Raymond Roth was stopped going 90 mph and given a speeding ticket in Santee, S.C. Raymond Roth said he was returning to New York, and the officer let him proceed north.
Jonathan Roth was arrested at the Nassau County district attorney’s office on Monday. Other charges include insurance fraud and filing a false report. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
He contends he had nothing to do with the actions of his 47-year-old father, who has yet to be located.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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