Former Ohio police captain exonerated of murder

AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A judge has exonerated a former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's murder.

Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter on Tuesday ordered that 66-year-old Doug Prade (PRAID) be set free based on new DNA test results that prove his innocence.

Hunter could have ordered a new trial for Prade, or found that the DNA results weren't strong enough and allowed his conviction and life sentence to stand.

Margo Prade, a prominent 41-year-old Akron doctor, was found shot dead in her minivan outside her office on Nov. 26, 1997.

Doug Prade, a former Akron police captain, was convicted of aggravated murder, largely based on a bite mark found on Margo Prade's body. There were no witnesses, no fingerprints, and no gun ever was found.