College Remembers Wrongly Convicted Man Who Died in Prison

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    Timothy Cole

    A former Texas Tech student wrongly convicted of rape then cleared by DNA evidence will be remembered with a $100,000 scholarship.

    Wednesday was the 10th anniversary since Timothy Brian Cole of Fort Worth died in prison serving time for the 1985 attack in Lubbock for which he maintained his innocence.

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    Timothy Cole died of an asthma attack in a Texas prison in 2000, but in 2008 his family got the confirmation of what they'd known all along, DNA tests proved he was not guilty of raping a Texas Tech student. (Published Monday, Jul 20, 2009)

    A judge in February exonerated Cole after DNA testing excluded him from the crime. Another man confessed to the attack.

    The law school endowment will include funds from attorneys Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas, and Kevin Glasheen, who has represented some wrongly convicted Texans.
     
    Glasheen told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that Cole's case was "tragic" and an inspiration to those who worked on issues on compensation for the wrongfully convicted.

    Cole died of complications from asthma.