An East Texas prosecutor, who was portrayed on the big screen, is set to speak today in Troup.

Panola County District Attorney Danny “Buck” Davidson will address the Troup Rotary Club meeting. The meeting is scheduled for noon at the Cameron-J. Jarvis Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St. Rotary club member Bill Lacy said people will eat beginning at noon, and Davidson is expected to speak about 12:30 p.m.

Davidson was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in the movie “Bernie,” a story about the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage by local mortician Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede. Tiede was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

Lacy said Troup ISD Superintendent Stuart Bird brought Davidson in for the occasion.

He said Bird, who worked in Carthage ISD, is good friends with Davidson, and thought attendees would enjoy hearing him.

Davidson likely will talk about the movie and take questions from people, Lacy said.

“I’ve heard he has a lot of good stories, and it’s hilarious. Even if you don’t know about the movie, I think it’d be entertaining,” he said.

Bird agreed, saying Davidson is an entertaining speaker and enjoys talking about the movie.

“I’m looking forward to him coming, and he’s looking forward to being here,” Bird said. “He does like sharing information.”

Lacy expects about 50 attendees.

Tickets are $5 to see Davidson speak and $10 for those who also want a meal. The public is invited.


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