Ex-Texas mortician freed from prison early

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) - A former mortician whose killing of a rich widow shook an East Texas town and later inspired a movie has been released on bond.

A judge set a $10,000 bond for Bernie Tiede Tuesday after recommending a reduction of his life prison term. Jail records show Tiede was released on bond Tuesday afternoon from the Panola County Detention Center in Carthage.

Tiede, who's now 55, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of his 81-year-old longtime companion Marjorie Nugent in Carthage about 150 miles east of Dallas. The case inspired the 2012 dark comedy "Bernie" that starred Jack Black in the title role and Shirley MacLaine as Nugent.

The judge has agreed to let Tiede live with filmmaker Richard Linklater, who co-wrote and directed the film.

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