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Ohio Supreme Court frees ex-Akron Police Capt. Prade for now
Prade and the state continue to argue over new evidence -- and potentially a new trial -- in the murder of his ex-wife

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that former Akron Police Capt. Douglas Prade should remain free while the courts continue to deal with his conviction in the murder of his ex-wife 16 years ago. 

Prade maintains he was not the killer. And after reviewing new DNA evidence, a Summit County judge ordered him freed last year and – alternatively – ordered a new trial.

Prade was released pending that. But an appeals court said the evidence against Prade was overwhelming, and ordered him to be jailed pending the outcome of new appeals. 

Prade argues he poses no threat, and in a 4-3 decision this morning, the justices agreed he should remain free at least pending the outcome of a jurisdictional question.

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