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Judge to hear new trial arguments for ex-officer

COLUMBUS (AP) — A judge says she’ll hear arguments over a new trial for a former Akron police captain accused in the 1998 slaying of his ex-wife.

At issue is the interpretation of an appeals court ruling last week in the case of defendant Douglas Prade.

Attorneys for Prade say the Ninth District Court of Appeals requires Summit County Judge Christine Croce to order a new trial, while prosecutors say the court left it up to the judge.

Croce on Monday scheduled a hearing for Aug. 25.

Prade spent nearly 15 years in prison in the shooting death of Dr. Margo Prade, killed in her van outside her Akron medical office.

He was freed last year after a judge exonerated him, then went back to jail when that ruling was reversed.

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