Ex-Ohio officer will learn whether he remains free

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former Akron police captain is scheduled to appear before a judge to determine if he can remain free or must return to prison in the slaying of his ex-wife.

A now-retired Summit County judge in early 2013 exonerated Douglas Prade after he had spent nearly 15 years in prison when DNA testing showed a bite mark on his ex-wife's lab coat was not his. An appellate court overturned the judge's ruling in March and the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the appellate court decision.

Prade was convicted in the 1997 shooting death of his ex-wife outside her medical office.

Attorneys for the 68-year-old Prade say he's innocent. Prosecutors want Prade returned to prison while it's determined if he should get a new trial. The hearing is Friday afternoon.

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