Town's Stance on Famed Convict Changes Over 15 Years

*Correction appended

CARTHAGE — Fifteen years ago, when tall, dark-haired, golden-piped Bernie Tiede was awaiting trial for murder, there seemed to be a constant stream of admiring locals — primarily older widows — heaping their support on him.

The women brought treats to the jail for Tiede, a former assistant funeral director. They praised him as a sweet, young, churchgoing community volunteer and pleaded with the Panola County prosecutor, Danny Buck Davidson, not to send him to prison.

That stream of doting adorers appears to have dried up in the decade and a half since Tiede, now 55, was convicted of killing Marjorie ...

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