A judge in Austin formally exonerated a man who died in prison in 1999 while serving time for a rape he did not commit.
A hearing was held with the family of Timothy Cole and the woman who was the rape victim.
Judge Charles Baird said mistaken eyewitness identification, questionable suspect lineups and a faulty investigation by Lubbock police led to Cole's wrongful conviction in 1986.
Cole died of complications from asthma while serving a 25-year term.
DNA testing cleared Cole.
His mother, Ruby Session, said she's relieved and she always felt that one day the exoneration would happen.
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Cole's family will meet with Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday to seek a pardon.