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Ruling that freed Doug Prade is reversed

Ruling that freed Doug Prade is reversed

(Akron) - An appeals court in Ohio says a judge was wrong to release a former Akron police captain who had spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing.

The ruling released Wednesday comes a little more than a year after Douglas Prade was freed from prison based on new testing of a bite mark.

A judge in Akron ruled in January 2013 that new DNA test results proved Prade didn't kill his former wife.

The appeals court says the DNA testing only raised more questions than answers and that Prade's original conviction was based on a great deal of evidence.

Brad Gessner, chief counsel in the Summit County Prosecutor's Office says today's ruling means that Prade is still guilty in the killing of his wife, and they are now seeking a warrant for his arrest to return him to prison.

Gessner tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, they aren't sure where Prade is because he's been traveling. He explains that the former cop can challenge today's ruling, but Gessner believes the decision will stand if appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Prade had earlier asked for a new trial. There's been no decision on that yet.

Doug Prade was convicted in 1998 of shooting his ex-wife Margo to death where she worked as a doctor. There were no witnesses and no fingerprints, and no gun was found.

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(Photo from Ohio Department of Corrections)

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