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Tim Cole Receiving Historical Marker At Cemetery

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News
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The current headstone for wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

The current headstone for wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Cory Session effortlessly quotes from the Book of Timothy.  “I fought the fight, I finished the race, and above all I kept the faith.”

He says that’s what his brother did, “He kept his faith throughout the whole ordeal.”

Cory would like to see a historical marker for his brother Tim Cole.  The Army Veteran is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.  Cole’s mother still grives.

Cole was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the rape of a Texas Tech University student in 1985.

He turned down a plea offer that would have freed him on parole, but would have required him to admit he was guilty; something he vehemently denied.

“It broke my heart and my heart will forever be broken forever,” explains his mother Ruby Session “He had integrity he was a man of his word he was brought up if you do something admit to it and there will be some consequences.  However if you didn’t don’t admit to it and that makes me most proud of him.”

Cole died of an asthma attack while still in prison. At that time he had served 13 years of a 25-year sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.  It was years after his death when a letter arrived at the Cole family home. It was written by Jerry Johnson, the man who confessed to the rape.  DNA later cleared Cole of the crime and then in 2010 Governor Rick Perry pardoned him.

“That was the cake now the historical marker will be the icing and the candles on the cake that’s what it means to,” says his mother.

To even get a historical marker Cole’s family had to put up a fight.  At first the cemetery wasn’t on board, but they changed their minds.  “It would be right here,” points out Cory “Just feet from the grave next to the curb.”

The cemetery is even donating the plot.  Jon Stephenson, The President of the Greenwood-Mount Olivet wouldn’t go on camera with CBS 11 News, but said on the phone that it was just a matter of finding the right location.

Tim Cole’s name will forever be part of history soon anyone coming to Mount Olivet will know his story.  “He made history by the sacrifice since we history is recorded I think it’s appropriate that a marker is placed here in his honor,” says his mother.

Cole’s family has had to resubmit the application to the state for the marker now that the cemetery is on board.

They hope the marker is up by this summer.

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