Appellate Court Overturns Douglas Prade's 2013 Innocence Ruling: UPDATE

UPDATE 2:52 p.m. "It had been a crazy day, but you guys seem to forget, I spent 15 years in hell," Prade tells the press as he departs Summit County Jail.


UPDATE 1:37 p.m. Thursday: After winning a stay from the Ohio Supreme Court, Prade will be released from prison this afternoon.


UPDATE 10:49 a.m. Thursday: Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce has ordered Prade back into custody. The former Akron police captain's attorney says that threats have been made to him; the custody order is a protective one.

A hearing has been set for 10 a.m. on April 4 to determine whether Prade will be entitled to bail.

Originally published March 19

The 9th District Court of Appeals issued a ruling today that reverses a Summit County ruling that in 2013 freed former Akron police captain Douglas Prade from prison.

"While the results of the post-1998 DNA testing appear at first glance to prove Prade’s innocence, the results, when viewed critically and taken to their logical end, only serve to generate more questions than answers,” the court writes.

In 2013, DNA evidence exonerated Prade of the grisly 1997 murder of his former wife, Dr. Margo Prade. He had previously served 15 years in prison for the crime. There's no word yet no whether Prade will be ordered to return to prison immediately or when another hearing will be held.

Court ruling:

9th District Court of Appeals Reversal of Douglas Prade Ruling by sandyatscene

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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