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Bernie Tiede writ reaches court

June 12, 2014 at 2:45 a.m.

The legal writ seeking freedom for convicted Carthage killer Bernie Tiede was filed Wednesday with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state judicial website showed.

Tiede, convicted in 1999 for the fatal shooting of Marjorie Nugent two years earlier, was freed on bond from a lifelong prison term in May on a joint motion by his new attorney and his original prosecutor.

Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson relented to the motion, asking Tiede be freed on time served, after defense attorney Jodi Cole presented evidence that Tiede could have killed Nugent in sudden rage fed by trauma from being sexually assaulted as a child.

Tiede was ordered to live on bond in Austin under the eye of Cole and his new landlord, movie director Richard Linklater, whose 2011 film, "Bernie," drew attention to the former church choir leader's conviction.

The Court of Criminal Appeals can agree with the May ruling from the 123rd District Court in Carthage or send Tiede back to prison to finish his life sentence.

The state's highest criminal venue does not have a deadline to decide the case. But, its arrival Wednesday in Austin from the Panola County court starts the ball rolling.



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