Notorious convicted murderer Bernie Tiede has been released from prison. Tiede was portrayed by actor Jack Black in the 2011 movie, “Bernie.”

In the 1990s, Tiede was convicted of shooting and killing a wealthy elderly woman named Marjorie Nugent. He hid Nugent’s body in her freezer for months in a small Texas town. Tiede claimed he was in an abusive relationship with Nugent.

The Associated Press reported:

Tiede had met Nugent in 1990 at the funeral of her husband R.L. "Rod" Nugent, who had made his fortune in oil and banking. The two would grow close, taking trips around the world, and Nugent signed a will leaving her estimated $10 million fortune to Tiede.


Tiede still faces a theft charge for spending Nugent's money after her death, but Davidson said nothing will move forward on that until the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals approves the sentence reduction in the slaying case. No timetable has been set for when the court might act.

He was sentenced to life in prison until now. On Tuesday, a judge agreed to release Tiede on $10,000 bail after evidence showed that he was sexually abused as a child. He was sent to go live with the filmmaker of “Bernie,” Richard Linklater, who volunteered to take him in.

Today on Happening Now, criminal defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant said there would’ve had to be “extremely traumatic” evidence of abuse in order for the judge to release him.

“You’ve got to think about the victim of this crime. This lady was murdered. Her body was placed in a freezer,” she said. However, Merchant agreed with the judge’s decision, saying that the new evidence could’ve changed the outcome of the original trial.