Ex-cop exonerated in ex-wife's killing is released

January 29, 2013 - 6:31 PM
Murder Exoneration

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 1998 file photo, former Akron, Ohio police Capt. Douglas Prade testifies during his aggravated murder trial in Akron, Ohio. Court of Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, ordered the 66-year-old Prade be set free based on new DNA test results that prove his innocence. Prade spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's murder. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Lew Stamp, File)

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing is free after a judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he's innocent.

Doug Prade was released from the Madison Correctional Institution west of Columbus on Tuesday, just hours after an Akron judge ruled that new DNA test results prove he didn't kill his former wife.

The now 66-year-old Prade was convicted in 1998 of shooting his ex-wife to death outside the Akron office where she worked as a doctor on Nov. 26, 1997.

There were no witnesses and no fingerprints, and no gun ever was found.

Prade's conviction largely was based on a bite mark found on his ex-wife's body. The new test results show that Prade couldn't have left the mark.