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Posted: May 18, 2014 8:51 AM

Updated: May 18, 2014 8:51 AM

CARTHAGE, Texas (AP) Three of the jurors who gave an East Texas man a life sentence for killing a rich widow say they're not happy he's being released early.

The jurors spoke to the Longview News-Journal (http://bit.ly/1sHmMIu ) days after Bernie Tiede (TEE'-dee) was let out of prison for the murder of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent.

The killing and the reaction of the town of Carthage were profiled in the 2011 movie "Bernie," which drew new attention to the case. Prosecutor Danny Buck Davidson agreed Tiede should go free after new evidence emerged that he was abused as a child.

But jury foreman Jessie Jacks said the case seemed cut and dry to him, and adds, "Him getting out under these circumstances, I don't think is right."

Another juror calls Tiede's release "unjust."

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Information from: Longview News-Journal, http://www.news-journal.com

Topics: Frozen Body-Bernie Tiede

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