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City council to consider Tim Cole Memorial Park

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Almost 30 years after he was wrongfully accused of sexual assault, the Lubbock City Council will be discussing the possibility of naming a park after Tim Cole.

This hot button issue has brought out supporters who would like to see Cole honored and critics who think he should not be singled out.

Cole insisted he was innocent while in prison, but it wasn't until after his death in 1999 that another man admitted to the crime.

Governor Rick Perry posthumously exonerated Cole, and now supporters who stood beside him want to see him honored.

"Having a monument in Tim's honor that will tell the people the story of his life and what it led to is very befitting," said Cole's brother, Cory Session, after City Council approved the erection of the Tim Cole monument in 2012.

At that time, the City Council had agreed to place the monument on a piece of land located on University and 19th Street. However, the council could not agree on dedicating the entire piece of land to Cole.

Mayor Glen Robertson voted in favor of the monument in 2012 but said, "I have an issue with naming the park the Tim Cole Memorial. I don't like picking out one individual."

Robertson is in favor of seeing Cole honored with a statue but he would like the land in question to be used to honor others as well.

"I would have no issue voting for a memorial park where we could memorialize different individuals," said Robertson.

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