Family of Timothy Cole meets with former prosecutor - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/09

Family of Timothy Cole meets with former prosecutor

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - Almost 24 years after he was wrongfully convicted in a Lubbock courtroom, the family of Timothy Cole returned Thursday to speak with the prosecutor who helped put him behind bars. Cole's mother and two brothers met with Judge Jim Bob Darnell at the Lubbock County Courthouse.

Darnell prosecuted Cole back in 1985 for the rape of a Texas Tech student. Cole was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years in prison.  He died in 1999 while still in prison.  Cole always professed his innocence.

In 2008, DNA tests connected Jerry Johnson to the crime. On Friday, State District Judge Charles Baird ordered Cole's record be expunged.  "If Judge Darnell says he wants to know what's wrong, everybody in this county, this city, and this state should want to know what went wrong," Cole's brother Cory Session said. 

"All he ever wanted was exoneration and total vindication for a crime that he did not commit," Cole's mother Ruby Session said.  "Somebody could at least say they're sorry for this, but no body's even made a phone call," Cole's brother Sean Session said. 

We'll hear more about how Cole's family is working with state law makers to prevent other wrongful convictions on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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