AKRON -- Just before 1 p.m. Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered an immediate stay of execution of the Ohio Appeals Court ruling that was issued Wednesday, saying that a Summit County judge had overstepped her authority in releasing former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade from prison.
On Wednesday, after that appeals court ruling, Prade's defense attorneys had asked the Ohio Supreme Court if a stay could be imposed pending the filing of his response.
The stay was just granted.
Judge Christine Croce ordered Prade, 67, released from the Summit County Jail.
Prade walked out of the jail at 2:40 p.m. Thursday with his sister Yvonne.
All further proceedings in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas are stayed pending a further ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court.
Earlier Thursday, Prade arrived at the Summit County courthouse.
At the brief hearing, it was ruled then that he be taken back into custody.
Prade didn't speak during the hearing and was taken away in handcuffs.
His attorneys had sought to keep him free while he appeals, and they fought prosecutors' efforts to have him locked up immediately.
A bond hearing was scheduled for April 4 but is now stayed due to the Supreme Court ruling.
Today's court hearing comes just one day after an appeals court reversed Judge Judith Hunter's ruling from January 2013 that freed Douglas Prade and declared him innocent in the case of his ex-wife's murder.
Back then, Judge Hunter had ordered he be released immediately based on new DNA tests that excluded him as the source of a bite mark on Margo's arm.
Margo had been shot in her minivan outside her medical office on Nov. 26, 1997. His conviction was largely based on the bite when a forensic dentist testified at trial that the teeth marks were Doug's.
The Ninth District Court of Appeals disagreed unanimously and issued a ruling Wednesday saying Judge Hunter abused her discretion in declaring Douglas Prade innocent.
The decision by the court of appeals also stated that Douglas Prade's latest DNA results were "wholly questionable" and the exclusion of his DNA "meaningless."
Earlier this year, he filed a lawsuit claiming he was framed.