FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2015, file photo, Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson looks to the back of the courtroom prior to a status hearing in the 123rd District Court in the Panola County Courthouse in Carthage, Texas. A state district judge is to hear pre-trial motions for Bernie Tiede on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, including one for the Davidson's recusal, in the case that inspired the dark comedy "Bernie." Tiede was convicted of the 1996 slaying of wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent, but Davidson had agreed Tiede had been wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Kevin Green, File) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
File - In this May 6, 2014, file photo, Bernie Tiede smiles after a court hearing granting his release at the Panola County court house in Carthage, Texas. Tiede had been sentenced to life for killing 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent. A state district judge is to hear pre-trial motions on Tuesday, March 31,2015, including one for the prosecutor's recusal, in the case that inspired the dark comedy "Bernie." (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
CARTHAGE, Texas — A Texas judge has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy "Bernie."
Judge Diane DeVasto issued the decision Tuesday, a day after Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson asked that he and his staff be removed from the case because he was now a witness.
DeVasto granted the request and appointed Assistant State Attorney General Adrienne McFarland to the retrial.
Tiede was convicted of killing wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent and storing her body in a freezer. He was released from prison after a judge agreed to reduce his sentence, and Davidson agreed that the former mortician was wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment.
DeVasto also canceled a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. No new hearings or trial dates have been set.
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