Douglas Prade appeals ruling denying a new trial in 1997 slaying
AKRON, Ohio— A former Akron police captain convicted of killing his ex-wife in 1997 is appealing a judge’s ruling that denied him a new trial.
An attorney for 70-year-old Douglas Prade filed the appeal Thursday.
Prade was exonerated in 2013 after experts testified that male DNA found on a bite mark on his slain ex-wife’s medical lab coat wasn’t his. But an appeal by prosecutors overturned the decision and put him back behind bars a year later.
Prade attorneys had requested a new trial based on changing standards in forensic dentistry since his first trial. But the judge ruled that the bite mark wasn’t the only reason he was convicted and he failed to introduce any new evidence that wasn’t already considered during his 1998 trial.