Bench trial set for Tuesday in attempted mercy killing case

MARION COUNTY — A 69-year-old Salem man is scheduled to be tried Tuesday in Marion County court for the alleged attempted mercy killing of his ailing wife early this year.

Charles Wood
(Source: MCSO)

Charles Wood is charged with Class X felony attempted murder and Class 2 felony aggravated battery of a victim over the age of 60.

According to records, he was arrested in January after he called 911 to report he had given his wife an overdose of insulin in an attempt to kill her and end her suffering. His wife apparently suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is in generally poor health.

The wife was taken by ambulance to Salem Township Hospital where she was kept for observation.

Marion County Resident Judge Mark Stedelin ultimately reduced Wood’s bail from $150,000 to $50,000 and the defendant was released from jail after $5,000 bond was posted on his behalf.

Stedelin also approved a request that Wood be allowed to visit his wife at the nursing home.

The visits will have to be supervised by a family member who signed an affidavit accepting responsibility for the visits.

Wood’s appointed attorney Craig Griffin has filed a motion to have him examined by an expert to determine if he was sane at the time of the alleged offense. The examination has been completed and the report submitted to the court.

Wood had earlier waived his right to a jury trial and is scheduled to be tried Tuesday by Judge Stedelin.