Bernie Tiede's attorneys ask court to disregard victim's family's statements

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM CDT
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CARTHAGE, TX (KLTV) - New paperwork filed by Bernie Tiede's attorneys, asked the court to disregard statements made by the victim's family. Seventeen years ago, Bernie Tiede was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Marjorie Nugent of Carthage.

Tiede's case received national attention in 2012 when a movie staring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine retold the story as a dark comedy.

Both defense attorneys and the Panola County D.A. agree that Bernie should now be released on the time he has already served. Victim Marjorie Nugent's family sent a letter to the court earlier this year asking the court to hear their side of the story, but a new letter from Bernie's attorneys to the court says, "All official interactions between a court and the victim in a case, or the family of victims, has been determined by the legislature to be inappropriate."

The attorneys cite the code of criminal procedure that says, "the court shall not hear from "a victim, close relative of a deceased victim, or guardian of a victim," until after it has resolved the issues before it. Bernie's attorneys say it's crucial that the court make their decisions objectively without the influence of emotionally-based opinions from the victim's family.

Bernie has been out of jail since May when new evidence in his case showed that he was sexually abused as a child. Attorneys argue that new evidence sheds light on why Bernie's allegedly abusive relationship with the victim led him to supposedly snap and kill her.

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