Appeals court reverses decision that freed Doug Prade, accused of ex-wife's 1997 murder in Akron

Reversal sends Prade back to court with new judge

AKRON, Ohio - The former Akron Police captain who served nearly 15 years for his ex-wife’s murder before being released based on DNA evidence is headed back to court.

Wednesday, a Ninth District Court of Appeals judge reversed an appellate court decision that set Douglas Prade free.

In 1998, Prade was convicted of murdering his wife Dr. Margo Prade, a well-respected Akron area doctor who was shot and killed inside her minivan outside of her office in November 1997.

In January 2013, Prade won his appeal and was set free because of DNA evidence testing secured with help from the Innocence Project.

Now, Prade heads back to Summit County Court of Common Pleas with a new judge to go through the process once again.

Normally, this case would go back to the trial judge but Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter has since retired. The case will now go to the judge who has taken Judge Hunter’s courtroom.

Upon his conviction in 1998, Prade immediately stood, addressed the court, and stated: ''I didn't do this… I am an innocent convicted person. God, myself, Margo and the person who killed Margo all know I'm innocent.''

Prade also stated that he would accept the State's apology when he was eventually proven innocent.

He will remain free "until further notice."

Read the Ninth District Appeals Court decision below or by clicking here .

Appeals court reverses Douglas Prade decision

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