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Jury Sentences Bernie Tiede to Life

Longview News-Journal

By Glenn Evans
April 22, 2016 at 9:24 p.m.

HENDERSON — Bernie Tiede, the murderer whose story formed the basis for a Hollywood movie that temporarily won his freedom, is returning to prison for life.

A 10-woman, two-man jury deliberated the ex-funeral director’s fate about four and a half hours before returning the maximum sentence, mirroring the one another jury handed him in 1999.

The sentence: 99 years to life in prison.

Judge moves Bernie Tiede trial to Henderson

Longview News-Journal
Oct. 27, 2015

CARTHAGE — Bernie Tiede faces a new sentencing trial in Henderson early next year after a judge in Carthage agreed Monday that a neutral jury in his murder case would be hard to find in Panola County.

“Panola County is not an appropriate venue for this case any longer — either for the state or the defendant,” special prosecutor Lisa Tanner told Visiting Judge Diane DeVasto in the 123rd District Courtroom in Carthage.

KLTV: Bernie Tiede's attorney claims Nugent family stole money from victim's estate

A motion was filed Monday morning in Panola County by Bernie Tiede's defense attorney, Jodi Cole. The motion requests the court dismiss the 1997 theft charges against Tiede for failure to give him a speedy trial among several other reasons.

Bernie Tiede was convicted of shooting Marjorie Nugent in 1996, then stuffing her body inside a deep freezer. Nugent's body was found months later in 1997. Tiede was arrested and convicted for her murder. He was also accused of stealing money from Marjorie Nugent and was charged with theft of more than $200,000.

Tiede was sentenced to life in prison on the murder charge, but was never charged in the theft case. The Nugent family maintains Marjorie Nugent's murder was premeditated. They believe Tiede's motive was financial. They have filed several documents with the Panola County Courthouse and sheriff's office detailing money taken from Marjorie Nugent's account before and after her death. That evidence was never introduced in Tiede's murder trial.

Attorney wants theft charge dismissed in Tiede case

By Glenn Evans
Jan. 28, 2015 at 10 p.m.

The attorney for convicted killer Bernie Tiede argues in a motion filed in Carthage that a pending theft charge against him should be dismissed because the former assistant mortician's homosexuality played against him some 15 years ago.

"Times have changed greatly since Mr. Tiede was charged with this theft," attorney Jodi Cole argues in her motion filed in the 123rd District Court.