CARTHAGE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The district attorney who agreed to release a convicted Texas killer whose story inspired the dark comedy “Bernie” said he’s not ruling out a future prosecution of the man.
Panola County prosecutor Danny Buck Davidson said Friday that he met with the family of Marjorie Nugent, the wealthy widow killed in 1996 by Bernie Tiede, an East Texas mortician’s assistant.
Nugent’s body was found in a freezer in her Carthage home, nine months after her Tiede shot her in the back.
The incident inspired the 2011 movie “Bernie,” which led to successful efforts to have Tiede released early from a life sentence. Out on bond, Tiede was in court Friday and due back in March.
Davidson eventually agreed that Tiede was wrongly sentenced for first-degree murder when he deserved a lesser sentence. But Davidson said Friday that he wouldn’t rule out prosecuting Tiede for spending Nugent’s money after her death.
A spokesman for the Nugent family, Ryan Gravatt, said earlier, “Bernie Tiede’s story is not the truth. The truth is Tiede stole from Marjorie Nugent because of greed, he victimized her and Tiede executed her to avoid getting caught. He’s a con, a thief and a killer. The public should never forget this.”
Back in May, Nugent’s granddaughter, Shanna Nugent spoke to KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz about Tiede’s then scheduled release.