A former mortician whose killing of a rich widow shook an East Texas town and later inspired a movie is a free man after a judge agreed to reduce his life sentence and release him on bond.
Bernie Tiede’s freedom Tuesday was part of an agreement with the same district attorney who prosecuted him for the death of his 81-year-old longtime companion, Marjorie Nugent, who disappeared in 1996 and was found dead in a freezer in Carthage nine months later.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. If he was convicted and there’s no doubt he killed the lady, why is he going free? If it was a mental health issue he should be put into the care of a mental health facility, not going back out into the public.