Board recommends Perry issue pardon in DNA case

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas' pardons and parole board has
recommended clemency in the case of man who died in prison after he
was wrongly convicted of rape.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Saturday the
recommendation in the case of Tim Cole had been forwarded to Gov.
Rick Perry's office Friday.
A call for comment from Perry's office was not immediately
returned Saturday.
Perry has indicated he will pardon Cole if the board recommended
it.
Cole, an Army veteran, died behind bars in 1999 at age 39. He
was convicted of a 1985 rape of a Texas Tech student in Lubbock.
A 2008 DNA test cleared Cole and implicated convicted rapist
Jerry Wayne Johnson, who confessed in several letters to court
officials that date back to 1995.
Cole would be the state's first posthumous pardon.


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