Former Akron police captain could be going back to prison

AKRON -- A former Akron police captain could soon be going back to prison for killing his ex-wife.

An appeals court has reversed a court ruling that freed Douglas Prade nearly a year ago.

Prade served nearly 15 years for the fatal shooting his ex-wife Margo back in 1997.

But just last year, Judge Judy Hunter set him free based on DNA test results.

The Summit County prosecutor's office immediately appealed the judge's decision.

After waiting more than a year, prosecutors are pleased with the ruling but not surprised by it.

"It wasn't a shock because this is the same information we had. We we did the evidence hearing. So I was convinced then, as I am now, that this is the right decision," said Brad Gessner, chief council for Summit County.

Gessner says the appeals court found that the DNA evidence created more questions than answers.

In fact, the ruling states that it did not prove Prade was innocent.

The ruling also places the original guilty verdict back in the hands of the jury.

"Doug Prade, based on this decision, remains convicted of killing Margo Prade," said Gessner.

WKYC tried contacting Prade's attorneys but has not heard back from them.

A while back they filed a motion for a new trial.

It will be up to a judge to decide whether to grant that or send Prade back to prison.


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