|Convicted murderer Douglas Prade|
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Dr. Margo Prade
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce, in an 18-page decision, determined that Douglas Prade's attorneys did not present any evidence that had not already be assessed by the trial court jury.
“The defendant has failed to introduce any new evidence that the jury had not already considered during the 1998 trial,” said Croce.
Margo Prade, 41 and slated at the time to marry a local attorney, was found shot to death in her minivan outside of her medical office in November 1997. She was shot six times and had a bite mark on her arm, the coroner said.
Her ex-husband, whom prosecutor's said at trial was jealous and allegedly staked her, served 15 years of his life sentence until January 2013 when visiting judge Judy Hunter, a retired Summit County Common Pleas judge who was handpicked to hear the case by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, freed him based on DNA evidence relative to a bite mark that she ruled was not Prade's.
That bite mark was a cornerstone of prosecutors' arguments at trial for a conviction, public records reveal.
The case was sent back to the trial court for Croce, a sitting judge who replaced visiting judge Hunter in the case, to decide, after a hearing, whether to order a new trial, which she denied on Friday, setting the stage for more appeals in the ongoing legal saga.
Douglas Prade's attorneys said Friday that they will likely appeal.
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh told Cleveland Urban News.Com in 2014, after the 9th District reversed visiting judge Hunter's exoneration of the once decorated former police captain via DNA, or what she says is a lack thereof, that Douglas Prade is as guilty as sin.
The evidence, said Walsh, is overwhelming against Douglas Prade, whom she portaged at trial in 1998 as a narcissistic control freak with no conscience.
Summit County Prosecutor
Sherri Bevan Walsh
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