AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Douglas Prade walked into Judge Christine Croce's courtroom in Akron wearing prison orange and shackles and he will head back to prison without a decision made on his bid for a retrial.
Prade, a former Akron Police Captain, was convicted in 1998 of murdering his wife Dr. Margo Prade.
Lawyers, on both sides, agreed to let the judge make the retrial decision based off their briefs, so there were no arguments in court.
Margo Prade's sister, Veronica Sadler remarked her whole family is worn out from years of legal maneuvering, "I have post-traumatic stress and so every time this happens I relive it over and over and over again."
Prade's conviction was overturned in 2013 and he was free for over a year. That decision was overturned and Prade is back in jail. His family and his sister Yvonne Prade have always believed in his innocence, "He was able to see his family while he was out but now they have him locked up again. Like I said we're going to fight and we're going to pray."
There may be another twist coming soon. The case is under review by the Ohio Supreme Court, if the court takes the case any decision made by Judge Croce would be under review by the High Court.
It's been just about 17 years since Dr. Prade was killed and the sadness is evident, "It wasn't our fault Margo's gone and it wasn't his family's fault but we're just all in the middle," said Sadler.
The Ohio Supreme Court has until November 17 to decide if they'll take the case.