Convicted Murderer from ‘Bernie’ Released, Will Now Live in Richard Linklater’s Garage
Posted: May 7, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Austin, Austin Texas, Bernie, Bernie Tiede, Richard Linklater, Sexual abuse, Texas, Tiede
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6 (UPI) –The subject of 2011’s Bernie could be released from prison on Tuesday on the condition that he live with the film’s director, Richard Linklater, at his home in Austin.
Bernie Tiede, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Marjorie Nugent, would also be required to receive counseling for sexual abuse.
State district Judge Diane DeVasto will hear testimony from psychiatrists who will argue that Tiede should have received a lighter sentence because he was sexually abused as a youth.
“Through counseling, Mr. Tiede can address his past abusive experiences and develop appropriate coping skills that would allow him to form and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships,” psychiatrist Richard Pesikoff wrote in a report after evaluating Tiede.
The former funeral director, then 38, shot 81-year-old Nugent in the back and hid her body in a freezer more than 17 years ago in 1996…(read more)
Bernie Tiede, the convicted murderer portrayed by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s 2011 dark comedy Bernie, was released from prison on Tuesday after a lifetime sentence was reduced to time served. There were a few conditions, in addition to a $10,000 bond. The oddest and most notable of them: living in Linklater’s garage apartment.
A successful funeral director and popular figure in Carthage, Texas, Tiede admitted to shooting 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in 1996 and hiding her body in a freezer while he continued to spend her money. He was convicted in 1999 and had been imprisoned ever since — but Linklater’s movie brought increased scrutiny to the case.
New defense lawyers prodded Tiede to admit that he had been repeatedly sexually abused as a teenager, a secret he hadn’t shared with his defense team at his trial. After new psychiatric examinations revealed deep lingering trauma, county district attorney Buck Davidson (who was played by Matthew McConaughey in the film) agreed that he would not have pursued such a stiff sentence. In Texas, the maximum sentence for a murder committed in the heat of the moment — as Davidson now acknowledges Tiede’s was — is 20 years max, so Tiede likely would’ve already been released for good behavior if he’d been initially prosecuted under those terms…(read more)