Jury choice begins in case that inspired film 'Bernie'

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 4:36 PM

Tiede was given life in prison, but allowed to go free temporarily after his original prosecutor said he believed Tiede deserved a lesser prison sentence.

Jury choice is expected to start Friday in the sentencing trial of an E TX mortician whose murder case inspired the shadowy comedy "Bernie."

Bernie Tiede was convicted in one thousand nine hundred ninety-ninth of killing Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than forty years his senior he befriended in the town of Carthage. Tiede was given life in prison, but allowed to go free temporarily after his original prosecutor said he believed Tiede deserved a lesser prison sentence.

The proceedings leading to his release began thanks to publicity from the film "Bernie" — in which Jack Black plays Tiede and Shirley MacLaine portrays the widow, Marjorie Nugent.

But at a new punishment trial, jurors could determine to send him back to prison.

The trial is expected to start next week.

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