Doug Prade's first full day of freedom

7:02 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- After spending nearly 15 years in prison, former Akron police captain Doug Prade went down to Columbus for his first full day of freedom.

He went to repay a debt of gratitude and a chance to meet other prisoners already freed by DNA evidence.

WKYC's Tom Beres was with Prade in Columbus.

Prade went to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper to meet reporter Mike Wagner. Wagner did the bulk of the work on stories about issues with Ohio's DNA laws and testing.

Prade is the fifth prisoner released because of the newspaper's work in conjunction with the Innocence Project.

"In no uncertain terms, I don't think I would be here were it not for the efforts of the Dispatch," Prade said.

His lawyers will not let him talk about the murder case involving his ex-wife because he may be re-tried.

But Prade told WKYC's Tom Beres that "anyone who wants justice should want the real killer caught."

Wearing the only dress clothes in his closet, Prade left the newspaper, saying he was going to buy some new clothes and try to get a driver's license.


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