AKRON, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an ex-Akron Police captain, exonerated of his ex-wife's murder after serving 15 years in prison, will remain free until the court decides whether to hear an appeal.
Prade was released from prison in 2013 after serving 15 years for the murder of his wife after DNA evidence helped him win an appeal.
Margo Prade, a 41-year-old Akron doctor, was found shot dead in her minivan outside her office on Nov. 26, 1997. There were no witnesses and no fingerprints, and no gun ever was found.
Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Prade's release from prison and Summit County Common Pleas Court ordered him to be taken into custody pending a retrial for the murder.
But Prade appealed the Ninth Circuit's decision, and the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling that halts actions by lower courts — temporarily freeing Prade — until it has issued a ruling on Prade's appeal.
This decision was upheld in the Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday.
It is not yet known when a decision will be made about Prade's case.