Akron: Hearing set for possible new trial in Prade case

11:49 PM, Aug 2, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Convicted former Akron police captain Douglas Prade has requested he be exonerated or granted a new trial as a result of new DNA findings.

Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh says a hearing has been set for Aug. 21 in the case of State v. Prade.

In Nov. 1997, Margo was shot six times with a .38-caliber pistol and found dead inside her van in the parking lot behind her Akron office.

A jury convicted Prade in September 1998 of her murder. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison and would be eligible for parole in 26 years.

Prade has always maintained his innocence.

The Ohio Innocence Project, on Prade's behalf, filed a petition for either post-conviction relief or a new trial.

Bevan Walsh said The Innocence Project claims that new DNA testing results of Dr. Prade's lab coat, which she wore on a daily basis and was wearing at the time of her murder, exonerates Prade.

"No one in my office wants to see an innocent person behind bars," said Bevan Walsh.

"We requested extensive DNA testing well beyond what the Innocence Project requested, and we have carefully reviewed all of the available evidence. There is no new evidence that proves Mr. Prade's claim of innocence. The jury's verdict should not be overturned."


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