Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bulletin: Douglas Prade; Ohio; Bite mark case; Significant set-back; A District Court of Appeals has reversed the ruling that freed him -after 15 years behind bars - saying that his latest DNA results are "wholly questionable" and that the exclusion of his DNA is "meaningless." WKYC.

STORY:  "Ruling that freed Prade reversed, now back to court," published by WKYC on March 19, 2014.

GIST: ""The 9th District Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling that freed former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade from prison last year in the murder of his ex-wife. The Summit County prosecutor's office says it's filed a motion to issue an arrest warrant to bring Prade back to prison. He's been ordered to appear in a Summit County courtroom tomorrow morning. "In order to be exonerated, Prade and his attorneys needed to show clear and convincing evidence of his innocence -- not simply create doubt," said Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh. "They failed."
In a unanimous judgment released today, Judge Beth Whitmore wrote that Judge Judith Hunter abused her discretion in declaring Prade innocent. The court deemed Prade's latest DNA results "wholly questionable" and the exclusion of his DNA "meaningless." Prade has a motion for a new trial pending in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.........Prade's conviction was based largely on a bite mark found on Margo Prade's body. One forensic dentist at trial testified the mark came from Douglas Prade. Margo, his ex-wife,  was shot in her minivan outside her medical office on Nov. 26, 1997. Prade served 15 years in prison before he was freed last year by Judge Hunter, who ordered he be released based on the new DNA tests that excluded him as the source of a bite mark."

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