A tentative date has been set for a hearing on new DNA evidence in the case of former Akron Police captain Douglas Prade, imprisoned for the murder of his ex-wife.
WKYC Channel 3 News reports that in a status hearing Tuesday afternoon court officials set the hearing date for October 22nd.
Prade, was convicted of killing Dr. Margo Prade in 1997. His conviction was largely based on a bite mark on Margo Prade's lab coat 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.
It was In November of 1997, Margo Prade 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 1998 of her murder. He was sentenced to life 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 his release from prison or a new trial.