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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Victim or calculated killer? Bernie Tiede’s second sentencing trial begins

Attorneys painted two vastly different pictures of former Carthage mortician Bernie Tiede Wednesday during opening statements in his second sentencing trial for Marjorie Nugent's 1996 murder. The killing inspired the 2011 dark comedy "Bernie," and Tiede is hoping a jury will reduce his original life sentence.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

State judge moves ‘Bernie’ sentencing to neighboring county

Convicted murderer Bernie Tiede's new sentencing trial will be moved from Carthage — where he killed 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent nearly two decades ago — to Henderson, in a neighboring East Texas county.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

‘Bernie’ back in court today for infamous 1996 murder

As the 19th anniversary of Marjorie Nugent's murder looms, her killer, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede II, returns to an East Texas courtroom Tuesday where attorneys will spar in advance of a new sentencing hearing that will determine whether...

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

‘Bernie’ victim’s family files objection to his release

The family of the widow whose murder was the focus of the 2011 film "Bernie" objects to the court's decision to free the man who killed her, and wants the court to hear their case.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Fame helps spring ‘Bernie’ from Texas prison

Filmmaker Richard Linklater always thought life in prison was too harsh for Bernie Tiede, the East Texas mortician who murdered his 81-year-old companion. Now — in large part because of Linklater's film on him — Tiede is...

Monday, February 10th, 2014

East Texas town turns on Bernie as he seeks early release

When Bernie Tiede went to trial in 1999 for murdering a wealthy Carthage widow, many in the town wanted the young man to see a light punishment. But 15 years into his life sentence, many now say...