Carthage mortician who inspired "Bernie" being freed from prison early

Published on Tuesday, 6 May 2014 15:04 - Written by

NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — A former mortician sentenced to life for killing a rich East Texas widow will be released from prison early under an agreement with the district attorney who prosecuted him.

A judge said Tuesday she would recommend reducing the prison term of 55-year-old Bernie Tiede. He's expected to receive a bond and go free later Tuesday.

Tiede was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in a case that inspired the 2012 movie "Bernie."

Nugent disappeared in 1996 and was found dead in a freezer nine months later at her Carthage home about 150 miles east of Dallas.

The district attorney agreed with Tiede's attorney that he deserved leniency. Newly uncovered evidence showed Tiede was assaulted as a child and had an abusive relationship with Nugent.

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