Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Douglas Prade: (Ohio). Convicted police captain exonerated. (Columbus Sispatch). Prosecutor vows to appeal. Police howl in rage; Publisher's view: "So what else is new?"

STORY: "Convicted police captain exonerated," by reporter Mike Wagner, published in the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday January 29, 2013.

PUBLISHER'S VIEW:  (Very concise!)  Prosecutor vows to appeal; Police howl in rage. So what else is new? Harold Levy. Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;

GIST: "A Summit County judge’s ruling exonerating a former Akron police captain in the murder of his former wife is drawing criticism from those who investigated and prosecuted him in 1998.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said she plans to appeal the ruling issued this morning. “This is a gross misapplication of the law, and we will be appealing,” a written statement from Bevan Walsh said. “The DNA evidence presented by the Ohio Innocence Project on behalf of Prade is contaminated and unreliable. It does not prove innocence.” Akron Police Chief James Nice also believes the judge came to the wrong conclusion. “All of the evidence clearly points to Prade as Dr. Margo Prade’s killer. He was proven guilty in front a jury using a substantial amount of other evidence.” Douglas Prade, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murder of Margo Prade, a physician who was gunned down near her office. After years of declaring his innocence, Prade finally won DNA testing of the lab coat his former wife was wearing when killed and of a bite mark the killer left. In her 25-page ruling issued today, Common Pleas Judge Judy L. Hunter wrote that she fully supports Prade's position that the DNA testing proves he wasn't the killer and granted his request to be released from prison. “The court concludes . . . that defendant is actually innocent of aggravated murder,” Hunter wrote. “The testing is not unsympathetic to the family members, friends, and community who want to see justice for Dr. Prade."
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