Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bulletin: Dougas Prade: (Bite mark case). Judge overturns former Akron police captain's conviction for murdering his wife, declares him innocent, releases him and directs a new trial; Cleveland Plain Dealer: (Full ruling provided on the newspaper site.)

STORY: "Judge grants former Akron police captain Douglas Prade to be released, receive new trial," published in the Plain Dealer on January 29, 2013.

GIST: "Former Akron police captain Douglas Prade, convicted of the 1997 murder of his ex-wife, will be released from prison and granted a new trial by Summit County Judge Judy Hunter. "Based on the review of the conclusive Y-STR DNA test results and the evidence from the 1998 trial, the Court is firmly convinced that no reasonable juror would convict the Defendant for the crime of aggravated murder with a firearm," Hunter said in the ruling (read the full ruling in the document reader below). "The court concludes as a matter of law that the Defendant is actually innocent of aggravated murder. As such, the Court overturns the Defendant's convictions for aggravated murder with a firearms specification, and he shall be discharged from prison forthwith."

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WKYC story: "The conviction came despite a lack of witnesses, fingerprints or a murder weapon, but was based largely on a bite mark found on Margo Prade's body. One forensic dentist testified the mark matched Prade's teeth.   Prade always maintained he was innocent. With an attorney from the Ohio Innocence Project, Prade argued that new DNA test results would prove he did not kill his ex-wife."



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