CRIME

Texas judge considering new prosecutor in Bernie Tiede case that inspired dark comedy 'Bernie'

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)

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)  (The Associated Press)

A judge is considering whether to allow a Texas district attorney to recuse himself from the retrial of the man whose murder conviction inspired the dark comedy "Bernie."

A judge is expected Tuesday to address procedural matters ahead of the retrial of Bernie Tiede (TEE'-dee), including prosecutor Danny Buck Davidson's motion to recuse himself and other prosecutors in his Panola County District Attorney's Office.

Davidson says he's become a witness. He hasn't provided details, but he's asking that a special prosecutor be appointed.

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.