WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Main figures in the 1998 murder trial of former Akron police Capt. Douglas Prade and where they are now:
Judge Mary Spicer: Retired in 2008 after completing her fourth term on the bench. Served 24 years as a common pleas judge.
Maureen O’Connor: Summit County prosecutor when grand jury indicted Prade. Went on to become Ohio’s lieutenant governor. Now serving as chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.
Alison McCarty: Served as an assistant prosecutor who won the conviction against Prade in 1998. Now a common pleas judge, she frequently used the conviction in campaign literature.
Michael Carroll: Lead prosecutor in the Prade case. Also served as lead prosecutor in the Clarence Elkins murder case. Now retired.
Kerry O’Brien: Prade’s lead defense attorney. Still actively defending cases in Summit County.
Susan Vogel: Prade’s second defense attorney. The case was the only murder trial for Vogel, who had graduated from law school in 1997. Her legal career has since focused on family law.
Dr. Thomas Marshall: Akron odontologist known as Summit County’s bite-mark expert in homicide investigations. Testified to the similarities between bite marks on Dr. Margo Prade’s arm and a dental impression made from Douglas Prade’s teeth. Testimony highly questioned on appeal. Retired.
Akron police Capt. Craig Gilbride: In 1997, as a police captain, he oversaw the department’s criminal investigation of Prade. Rose to chief. Now retired.
Eagle Command: Code name for five officers who led police investigation of Prade. Members included Gilbride and Detectives Mary Myers, Ed Duvall Jr., Elizabeth Daugherty and Paul Calvaruso. Daugherty and Calvaruso now are Akron police captains. Myers retired from the department and is teaching at UA. Duvall died in 2008.
Sahara Prade: Dr. Margo and Douglas Prade’s younger daughter. Now 23 and performing as a singer in Las Vegas.
Kenya Prade: Dr. Margo and Douglas Prade’s older daughter. Now 27 and working as a nurse practitioner in Atlanta. A relative of Douglas recently said both daughters “want their father back.”