Nov. 26, 1997 (The day before Thanksgiving): Dr. Margo S. Prade, 41, was shot and killed at 9:10 a.m. while in her green 1996 Dodge Caravan parked outside the Professional Center West on Wooster Avenue in Akron. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Summit County Medical Examiner Marvin Platt.
Feb. 23, 1998: Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade, then-41, is arrested and charged with his ex-wife's murder
March 11, 1998: Prade retires from the Akron Police Department.
Aug. 24, 1998: Jury selection begins in Prade trial.
Sept. 23, 1998: After only a few hours of deliberations, a jury finds Prade guilty of aggravated murder. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Spicer sentences him to life in prison without any chance of parole for 26 years, for aggravated murder, six counts of wiretapping and one count of possession of criminal tools.
June 1, 1999: Prade's conviction appealed to the Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals.
Oct. 13, 1999: Oral arguments presented to the appeals judges.
Aug. 23, 2000: Appeals judges uphold Prade's conviction.
Aug. 31, 2009: Innocence Network in New York files defense brief for Prade, citing need for new DNA tests of key evidence.
Dec. 16, 2009: Attorney David B. Alden, of Cleveland's Jones Day law firm, asks the Ohio Supreme Court for new state-funded DNA tests that could conclusively prove Douglas Prade's innocence.
May 4, 2010: Ohio Supreme Court sends the case back to Summit County to determine whether new DNA testing of forensic evidence from his 1998 murder trial could exclude him as the killer. The 4-2 decision does not grant Prade's request for new state-funded DNA tests.
Aug 6, 2010: Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh tells state officials that she won't consider releasing DNA evidence for retesting in the Prade murder case.
Sept. 23, 2010: Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter grants Prade's request for new DNA tests of forensic evidence in the 1997 murder of his ex-wife.
Oct. 22-31, 2012: Hunter holds hearings on new DNA evidence
Jan. 29, 2013: Hunter releases 26-page ruling and orders Prade's release from prison. Prade is now 66 years old.