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Victim's family wants Cooper High grad 'Bernie' back in prison

Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:11:32 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2014 01:26:41 PM CDT

Photo of Bernie Tiede/courtesy of news-journal.com


The family of the widow killed by an East Texas man later portrayed in the film "Bernie" has filed its objections to the man's early release.

Marjorie Nugent's relatives say claims that Bernie Tiede was abused as a child shouldn't have affected his life sentence. They call for Tiede's bond to be revoked and for him to return to prison.

Tiede lived in Abilene before he was sent to jail and before he ever worked in Carthage. He graduated from Cooper High School and then went to work for Jack North at North’s Funeral Home.

Tiede was convicted in 1999 of killing Nugent, a rich 81-year-old widow who became his companion after her husband's death. He was released in May after a prosecutor agreed he should not have gotten a life sentence.

The murder and its impact in the town of Carthage became the basis of the movie, in which Jack Black played Tiede and Shirley MacLaine portrayed Nugent.