A public information request filed by the family of Marjorie Nugent has been referred to the attorney general's office for a decision.
The family filed the request seeking information they believe will show that Bernie Tiede killed Marjorie Nugent over money, rather than out of a sudden passion as Tiede's current defense team claims.
Carthage city attorney Robert Underwood sent the request to Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office for a decision on Dec. 23.
The Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion in November, granting that convicted murderer Tiede's life sentence be set aside and a new sentence be determined. Tiede was sentenced to life in prison for the 1996 murder of his 81-year-old longtime companion, Margorie Nugent.
Tiede met Nugent in 1990 at the funeral of her husband R.L. "Rod" Nugent, who had made his fortune in oil and banking. The two would grow close, taking trips around the world, and Nugent signed a will leaving her estimated $10 million fortune to Tiede.
He was convicted of first-degree murder in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison. The jury rejected his claim of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, according to court documents. Had his claim been accepted, it would have reduced the offense level to a second-degree felony. Under the sentencing, he was not to be eligible for parole until 2027.
Tiede spent 17 years behind bars for the crime. The case rose to fame after his story was portrayed in the 2011 film, "Bernie," starring Jack Black.
A status hearing has been set for Bernie Tiede on Friday at 1 p.m. in a Panola County courtroom.
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