By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of a former Texas Tech student who died in prison after being wrongfully accused of rape, came to Lubbock Saturday. Timothy Cole's mother and brother were here to help publicize a new book detailing his life.
Cole was sentenced to 25-years in prison for rape in 1985. After his death in prison, DNA testing and another inmate's confession confirmed Cole was not the rapist.
Cole's story was published in a book called 'A Plea for Justice'. Cole's family and friends met with the author Saturday at Barnes & Noble for a book signing. People lined up to talk with the family, and get their copy signed by author Fred McKinley. In the city where so much happened to her son, Cole's mother Ruby Session told us this was all part of a bigger plan.
"He was chosen by the creator to come here and just be with me those 39-years, and I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world because my faith tells me you cannot escape your destiny, and this was what he was supposed to do, to come make this better for other people," Session said.
Cole's brother Cory wonders why his brother went to jail in the first place. "The whole city of Lubbock should want to know why they convicted an innocent man, why they let this go forward, to make sure no other minority or other person is convicted on bad evidence," Cory Session said.
Representatives from the Innocence Project were in Lubbock as well. The organization was instrumental in obtaining the state's first ever posthumous pardon from Governor Rick Perry in March. Founder of The Innocence Project, Jeff Blackburn, wants to review sworn testimonies of police officers from the original case. State District Judge Les Hatch ruled state law didn't allow access those depositions because Cole's overturned conviction came after his death.
"We've asked for them to tell what happened under oath. Now that's not too much to ask," Blackburn continued, "I think their actions in refusing to tell the truth are a perfect example of what's wrong with our system."
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