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Tiede jurors not happy with release from prison

Tiede jurors not happy with release from prison
Longview News-Journal
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 8:42am

“Unjust,” “not right,” “bull crap.”

Those were among the phrases used by jurors called 15 years ago to determine guilt and dole out punishment in the Bernie Tiede murder trial after learning the former Carthage man walked free on bond.

“He confessed that he did it. We found him guilty. In the punishment phase we gave him a life sentence — that’s the max you can give him,” said Jessie Jacks, 63, who was jury foreman. “It was pretty much a cut-and-dry case. He killed a lady and put her in a freezer. ... Him getting out under these circumstances, I don’t think is right.”

During the February 1999 trial in San Augustine, it took Jacks and the rest of the jury less than an hour to return a guilty verdict and less than two hours to return a sentence of life in prison and a $10,000 fine.

After a hearing May 6, Tiede, 56, was released on two $10,000 bonds, based on a recommendation by District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson and defense attorney Jodi Cole that he be released on time served.

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