Austin Lawyer Considers Appeal for 'Bernie' Inmate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - An Austin lawyer has taken up the case of an ex-funeral home director convicted in a 1996 killing featured in the movie "Bernie."

The Dallas Morning News ( ) reported Tuesday that attorney Jodi Callaway Cole has met with director Richard Linklater of Austin. "Bernie," starring Jack Black as Bernhardt Tiede (TEE'-dee) II, was released this year.

Tiede is serving life in prison for the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent of Carthage. The wealthy widow, portrayed by Shirley MacLaine, was found dead in a freezer at her home.

Cole says she told Linklater that the movie raised issues for a possible appeal. Cole, who's met with Tiede, declined to elaborate or say who hired her.

Tiede on Wednesday was in the Telford Unit. He's not eligible for parole until 2027.

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