East Texans react to Bernie Tiede's release from prison
POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:06am
Tyler , TX (KETK) — By now, most are well-aware of the infamous Bernie Tiede case. In 1999, the Carthage man was sentenced to life in prison, for shooting and killing an elderly woman named Marjorie Nugent, and leaving her body in a freezer. On Tuesday, he was released on a $10,000 bond with several conditions. Because new evidence came to light, under Texas law, the court had to re-address his case. This is why the district attorney and judge agreed on his release. "Well I think what happened to Bernie is amazing, its basically a sequel to the movie," said Carlo D'Angelo, attorney at law.
Many are wondering why he was release, and D'Angelo said, "I think that the judge had no other option to grant this relief, especially when the district attorney is saying this is the right thing to do."He is referring to new evidence released this week, detailing Tiede's sexual abuse as a child. He thinks if this was initially brought up, the trial would have had a different ending, and said, "that evidence would've had an impact on the mitigation side of your case, in order for the court to give you relief, the courts have got to find that you have no knowledge of that information at the time you went to trial." However, in Tiede's case, D'angelo said, "Bernie knew he had this medical history of abuse, he didn't disclose it to his trial lawyers."
It's that knowledge, that makes this case so special. D'Angelo said, "It is very rare for a court to grant this kind of relief, especially in this situation where that evidence is technically not new." Some believe this could lead to a slippery slope, but D'Angelo doesn't see that happening. "I don't think its going to lead to a trend, I think that if it weren't for the fact that the D.A. In this case had agreed to relief that Bernie requested, that it would ever had happened," said D'Angelo.
East Texans we spoke with have mixed reactions from Tuesday's decision, and here's what they had to say:
- "No matter what happened in his past, he should have to pay for the crime he committed."
- "I am glad to see he was released. I think that if someone has something psychologically wrong, then that needs to be taken into consideration."
- "I don't think its something you can blame things on, it doesn't mean just because you have a mental illness, that you can, you know, murder people."
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