Bernie Tiede pretrial hearing reset for March 31

Bernie Tiede is led into the Panola County court house by law enforcement officials in Carthage, Texas, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The former mortician serving a life sentence for the death of a rich East Texas woman could soon go free with the agreement of the district attorney who prosecuted him. Tiede, whose case inspired the movie “Bernie,” is expected in court in Carthage, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

EAST TEXAS (KXAN) — A convicted murderer released and allowed to live in Austin won’t be back in the courtroom Tuesday as scheduled. Bernie Tiede was expected to appear in court in East Texas for a pretrial hearing, but that has been reset for March 31. According to KLTV, the prosecutor says he wants to investigate the accusations in Tiede’s motion, which his attorneys filed in January.

Tiede’s story was the focus of the 2011 movie “Bernie.” He was convicted of killing Marjorie Nugent 18 years ago, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling, saying he is entitled to a new sentencing phase of his trial.

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