Former Akron Police Captain Exonerated after Nearly 15 Years in Prison


DNA results have proven that former Akron police captain Douglas Prade is innocent of his wife's murder. He spent nearly 15 years in federal prison for the crime.

Summit County Judge Judy Hunter ruled that the 66-year-old Prade be set free based on the new evidence. Margo Prade was found shot dead in her minivan in November, 1997. The 41-year-old was a prominent Akron area doctor.

In the 1998 trial, Prade had been sentenced to life imprisonment based on a bite mark on his wife's body. There were no witnesses or fingerprints and the firearm was never found.

From the PD:

"Based on the review of the conclusive Y-STR DNA test results and the evidence from the 1998 trial, the Court is firmly convinced that no reasonable juror would convict the Defendant for the crime of aggravated murder with a firearm," Hunter said in the ruling.

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