The Columbus Dispatch reports Governor Strickland is urging judges and prosecutors to allow DNA testing on 30 inmates who want to prove their innocence.
Prade, convicted in 1998 of killing his ex-wife Margo, is one of those inmates.
The newspaper has been reporting all week on flaws in the state's DNA testing program.
In today's final installment, the Dispatch says a lab north of Cincinnati has agreed to test the
inmates featured in the series for free.
The paper's investigation found that police and courts routinely discard evidence after trials, and prosecutors and judges often dismiss inmate applications for DNA testing without a stated
Strickland says he can find no justifiable reason for judges to block the testing offered by DNA Diagnostics Center of Fairfield.
Margo Prade was gunned down outside her doctor's office in November, 1997, after a struggle inside her van with an attacker.
An expert testified that a bite mark matched Doug Prade's teeth.
Prade, an Akron police captain at the time, argued that a security video showed that the attacker was shorter than Margo's van, while he was several inches taller.
More than a dozen inmates from around Northeast Ohio are also in line for new testing.