Gov. Rick Perry today presented Tim Cole's family, including his mother Ruby Session, with a posthumous pardon to acknowledge Cole's innocence.
"It means the world to me to be here today to look you in the eye and tell you that your son is pardoned," Governor Perry told Ruby Session. "I know that nothing that anyone in this room, this state, or this world can do could restore Tim to life but we can state clearly, with the full weight of Texas law behind us that your son was no criminal."
Cole was serving a 25-year sentence for the aggravated sexual assault of Michele Jean Murray when he died from an asthma attack in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Dec. 2, 1999. DNA testing later proved he was innocent. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to recommend the posthumous pardon for innocence. The victim has also supported Tim Cole's family in obtaining his exoneration.