Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Doug Prade: Ohio; Former Akron police captain is spending Christmas holidays with family while awaiting appelate ruling on a prosecution motion seeking to reverse a judge's decision declaring him innocent in the 1997 slaying of his ex-wife; New DNA tests had excluded him as a contributor to a controversial bite-mark impression on a small section of fabric from his ex-wife's lab coat. The Akron Beacon Journal;

STORY: "Prade spends holidays with family in Akron while awaiting appeals court decision," by reporter  Ed Meyer, published by the Akron Beacon Journal on December 24, 2013;

GIST:  "Former Akron Police Capt. Doug Prade plans to spend the Christmas holidays with family members in Akron as he awaits an appellate ruling on a prosecution motion seeking to reverse a judge’s decision declaring him innocent in the 1997 slaying of his ex-wife. Prade, 67, has been free for 11 months after serving nearly 15 years of a life sentence for the crime, but his case is under review in Akron’s 9th District Court of Appeals. Oral arguments on the appeal by the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office were held Aug. 1. Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter, now retired, issued the stunning exoneration order Jan. 29 following four days of testimony on DNA technology. Hunter found that new DNA tests excluded Prade as the contributor to a central piece of crime-scene evidence: a bite-mark impression on a small section of fabric from the lab coat of his ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade.........Cleveland attorney David Alden, Doug Prade’s lead attorney at the DNA hearings in Hunter’s court and at the 9th District arguments last summer, said easy cases in the appellate court often are resolved within two months. “We’re at almost five months in this case, so they obviously are thinking about it,” Alden said. The case docket in the appeal shows just how seriously the judges are weighing the evidence. In late August, the court requested the entire transcript of proceedings from Doug Prade’s three-week-long trial in 1998. And so the wait will continue. “They are judges,” Alden said, “and judges rule when judges rule.”"
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