CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) — A state district judge is to hear pre-trial motions, including one for the prosecutor's recusal, in the case of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy "Bernie."
Besides procedural matters for a retrial of Bernie Tiede, the Tuesday hearing in Carthage will include Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson's motion to recuse himself and his other prosecutors from the case.
In the motion, Davidson said that he had become a witness in the case and asked for the appointment as special prosecutor Assistant Texas Attorney General Adrienne McFarland or a member of her Criminal Prosecutions Division.
Tiede was convicted of the 1996 slaying of wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent, but Davidson had agreed Tiede had been wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment.
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