The family claims they were left in the dark about Tiede's release. In a letter filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals by the family's newly-hired attorney, they say, "... the trial court specifically asked Davidson if Marjorie's family - conspicuously absent from the hearing- had been notified. Davidson replied that the Nugent family had indeed been notified."
However, the attorney claims that statement is untrue and the family was never notified of the proceedings. The family also says that the "new" evidence of Tiede's abuse is not new. Instead, they say it was simply not told to Tiede's lawyers during his original trial.
The new evidence led the county's prosecutor to suggest that Tiede walk away with 17 years of a life sentence served.
The court has not decided on the family's motion. We reached out to the Panola County District Attorney's Office, but they didn't respond to our request for comment.