DNA Exoneree's Dad Resurfaces

Father of Tim Cole resurfaces, wants part of reimbursement

Friday, Dec 23, 2011  |  Updated 2:01 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
DNA Exoneree's Dad Resurfaces

NBC 5 Archives

Timothy Cole was the first man posthumously exonerated by DNA testing in Texas.

The long-estranged father of the first prison inmate to be posthumously exonerated by DNA testing in Texas has suddenly come forward, claiming he's entitled to half of the nearly $1.1 million the state awarded the man's family.

Ernest Kennard obtained an order from a Fort Worth judge this month entitling him to half of Tim Cole's estate. Cole's half-brother says the family is outraged and the order was recently suspended pending a review of Cole's will.
 

Cole's family received the money under the 2009 Timothy Cole Act, which awards $80,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment. Cole was convicted of a 1985 rape and died in prison in 1999. He was cleared by a DNA test in 2008.
   

Repeated calls to Kennard's attorney by The Associated Press weren't returned.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out