Bernie Tiede does not take stand; fate headed to jury


Bernie Tiede’s jury will deliberate the convicted murderer’s fate today as attorneys for both sides rested their cases at the start of the lunch break.

According to our newspaper partner Longview News-Journal, Tiede, 57, did not take the stand in his defense during 13 days of testimony that ended this morning.

He faces the full range of punishment for gunning down Marjorie Nugent, 81, in 1996, in her Carthage driveway.

That’s five to 99 years in prison under sentencing statutes in place when he was convicted in a 1999 trial — which did not include the more recent, and rigorous, jury option of life without the possibility of parole.

Read the full report on the Longview News-Journal’s website:

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