Judge to formally clear Timothy Cole - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/09

Judge to formally clear Timothy Cole

LUBBOCK, TX (AP) - A state district judge is expected to formally clear Timothy Cole Tuesday. Cole died back in 1999, while serving a 25-year prison sentence for a 1985, Lubbock rape authorities now say he did not commit.

DNA testing cleared Cole and connected Jerry Wayne Johnson to the crime. He's serving a life sentence for separate rape convictions.

Judge Charles Baird is expected to reveal the legal reasoning behind his decision to exonerate Cole during a hearing Tuesday in Austin. Cole's is the first posthumous DNA exoneration in Texas history.

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