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Dr. Margo Prade was my mothers physician before she was murdered outside of her practice on November, 26th, 1997. Her ex-husband, Police Captain Douglas Prade, was found guilty of her death, and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison based on bite mark evidence found on Dr. Prades’ lab coat. The bite was said to match only one person-Douglas Prade.
Prade has always maintained his innocence, and declared that if DNA could be properly extracted, and examined-He would be set free. Today’s release of new DNA testing, that wasn’t available back then, has apparently, for the moment, thrown this controversial case into another tailspin for Summit County prosecutors. The DNA does not match Douglas Prade, and as a result-He is now considered innocent.
Just following some of the facts of this case, I’ve always had doubts about his guilt. From the video evidence recovered from a nearby car dealership that showed a shadowy figure, obviously much shorter than Doug Prade, entering his ex-wifes van, to a local attorney taking out a full page ad in The Akron Beacon Journal to declare his wife innocent of any involvement with the murder-This case is full of controversy. See for yourselves, in the link below, as this “unsolved” mystery continues to unfold. However it turns out, the spirit of Dr. Margo Prade, and her family-deserve closure. ~Daryl
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On the morning of November 26, 1997, Dr. Margo Prade’s body was discovered. She had been murdered. In the weeks following the discovery of Dr. Prade’s body, speculation proliferated about who the killer might be. Between January and March 1998, Mr. Gilbert and his wife, Delphinia Gilbert, claim, various allegations were made regarding their involvement in the murder during radio broadcasts on WNIR 100 FM. In February 1998, Mr. Prade, Dr. Prade’s ex-husband, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder in connection with Dr. Prade’s death.-From http://caselaw.findlaw.com/oh-court-of-appeals/1188869.html
- Police Captain Convicted of Murder To be Released (fox8.com)
- Former Akron police captain Douglas Prade declared innocent in ex-wife’s killing; release from prison ordered (ohio.com)
- Ohio police captain exonerated of ex-wife’s murder (cnsnews.com)