Tiede document: Abuse factor in Nugent killing
POSTED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 9:36am
UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:13pm
Carthage — Bernie Tiede is fighting for a reduced sentence on grounds he was sexually abused, a history that caused him to snap the day he killed Marjorie Nugent.
Tiede is serving a life sentence in the 1997 Carthage murder, which inspired the movie “Bernie.”
According to documents unsealed Wednesday during a hearing in Panola County, Tiede was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and was pushed to violence by Nugent.
“Newly discovered evidence has revealed material facts regarding (Tiede’s) history of severe childhood sexual abuse and the abusive dynamic that occurred between (Nugent) and Mr. Tiede,” according to the writ of habeas corpus filed by Austin defense attorney Jodi Cole.
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