Timothy Cole

10:08 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Petition Seeks to Get Posthumous Degree for Texas Man Cleared by DNA

An online petition has more than 12,000 signatures in support of asking Texas Tech University to grant a posthumous degree to Timothy Cole.

Timothy Cole was the first person to receive a Texas posthumous pardon for a crime he didn’t commit. That happened in 2010. Now, a Texas resident wants Texas Tech University to grant Cole an honorary degree.

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2013 Legislative Sesssion
8:47 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Listen: Explosive Testimony at Hearing on TX Exoneration Board

Cory Session, right, brother of wrongfully convicted and exonerated Texan Timothy Cole, testifies during a committee hearing on May 14, 2013.
Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

What began as testimony on a bill to create an exoneration review commission ended with an angry outburst from the brother of Timothy Cole, one of Texas’ most well-known wrongfully convicted people.

Timothy Cole died in prison in 1999 while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he did not commit. He was incarcerated when he died, and became the first posthumously exonerated person in Texas.

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