Former Akron Police Captain Doug Prade got his wish more than a year ago: Additional DNA testing that he says will prove he did not murder his ex-wife, Dr. Margo Prade, in 1998.
It's now been 14 months since the items designated for testing were sent to a private lab near Dayton and no results have been released.
AkronNewsNow talked with Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ann Kovach and Attorney Carrie Wood with the Ohio Innocence Project, which now represents Prade. Both lawyers emphasized that they cannot talk specifically about the Prade case, but both still offered insight about the length of time it takes for DNA testing to be complete.
Kovach says she would expect the more complicated Mitochondrial DNA or YSTR testing to take several months.
"But it shouldn't take a year," said Kovach. "To me, that's a long time, unless they're testing so many objects. They can only run so many tests at at time."
Wood says people, including some court officials, believe that locating, removing, testing and analyzing the one-of-a-kind identifier takes about as long as it does on television shows, something that she says is simply not true.
"It depends on the type of DNA testing," said Wood. "It depends on the type of evidence. It depends on the age of the evidence and the age of the case. It depends on the type of DNA that you're trying to extract."
Wood also says that sometimes initial testing creates additional questions that need to be answered, so it's difficult to predict.
Another high profile Summit County case is also on hold while post-conviction DNA testing is conducted. Denny Ross convinced the court that the tests are necessary. His retrial for the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill remains scheduled for March. A hearing will be held Tuesday.
The Prade case is expected to be updated next month.