Akron police captain arrested for murder

Associated Press Published:

AKRON _ A city police captain has pleaded innocent in the shooting death of his ex-wife last November.

Capt. Doug Prade, 51, turned himself in to police Monday and was charged with aggravated murder in the killing of Dr. Margo Prade. The captain pleaded innocent at an arraignment and was ordered held in Summit County jail without bond.

Less than a week after the shooting of the 41-year-old doctor, police publicly exonerated Prade. But forensic evidence later pointed to Prade as the doctor's killer, Akron Police Chief Ed Irvine said.

Irvine declined to release specific details of the police investigation, but he said Monday Dr. Prade was shot several times from several different angles as the killer and victim struggled.

Irvine said Prade's arrest was based on evidence analyzed by the FBI in Washington, D.C.

"He was identified through the physical evidence," Irvine said.

The doctor was found slumped in her minivan outside her medical office on the morning of Nov. 26. She had been shot several times at close range in the head, chest and hip.

The Prades were divorced last April after nearly 18 years of marriage. Their two daughters, 13-year-old Kenya and 9-year-old Sahara, have been under the care of Prade and their maternal grandmother since the doctor's death.

Dr. Prade's mother, 71-year-old Lillie Hendricks, on Monday began the legal process of gaining sole custody of the girls.

Prade's next court appearance is scheduled for March 4 before Summit County Common Pleas Magistrate John Shoemaker.

Irvine said Prade, who has been a police officer for almost 30 years, has been suspended without pay.

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