Ohio Court Grants Stay For Ex-Cop Who Was Freed

The Ohio Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling that would have sent a former Akron police officer back to prison for his wife's murder.(Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
The Ohio Supreme Court has blocked a lower court ruling that would have sent a former Akron police officer back to prison for his wife's murder.(Photo: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Ohio’s highest court is temporarily blocking a ruling that says a former police captain should have been kept in prison even after his conviction in his ex-wife’s killing was overturned.

The state Supreme Court granted the request for a stay Thursday, the same day former Akron officer Douglas Prade was jailed under orders from a county judge. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the 67-year-old Prade would be released.

Prade served nearly 15 years and was freed in 2013 when a judge decided new DNA testing of a bite mark proved he didn’t kill his ex-wife. But an appeals court concluded Wednesday that the test didn’t give a clear answer.

Prade’s attorneys have fought to keep him free while he appeals. Prosecutors want him returned to prison.

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