Akron: Next hearing for Prade scheduled for Oct. 22

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AKRON -- Status hearing was held Tuesday afternoon to set a new date for Douglas Prade hearing on new DNA evidence.

Court officials say that the hearing date is tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 22.

Prade, a former Akron police captain, was convicted of killing his wife back in 1997. His conviction was largely based on a bite mark that prosecutors say belonged to Prade.

Now new technology shows that DNA near the bite does not match Prade's. The judge could rule that evidence warrants a new trial.

Related article: Akron: Hearing set for possible new trial in Prade case

In Nov. 1997, Margo was shot six times with a .38-caliber pistol and found dead inside her van in the parking lot behind her Akron office.

A jury convicted Prade in September, 1998 of her murder. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison and would be eligible for parole in 26 years.

Prade has always maintained his innocence.

The Ohio Innocence Project, on Prade's behalf, filed a petition for either post-conviction relief or a new trial.

The Innocence Project claims that new DNA testing results of Dr. Prade's lab coat, which she wore on a daily basis and was wearing at the time of her murder, exonerates Prade.

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