Ohioan exonerated in ex-wife's killing is released

AMANDA LEE MYERS ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINGS Associated Press Published:

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's innocent.

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.