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ATTORNEYS AT LAW
JOHNNY K. MERRITT
June 17, 2014
Danny Buck Davidson, Esq.
Panola County Criminal District Attorney
Panola County Judicial Center
108 S. Sycamore, Room 301
Carthage, Texas 75633
Re: Texas v. Bernhardt Tiede, 11, Cause Nos. 1997-C-103, 1997-C-103A and 1997-C-
104 inthe 123^'' District Court in Panola County, Texas ("Trial Court Case"); and
Exparte Bernhardt Tiede, 11, Cause No. 1997-C-103-A in the Court of Criminal
Appeals of Texas ("Appeals Court Case").
Dear Mr. Davidson:
My lawfirm has been retained to represent Dr. Rod Nugent, the only child of Marjorie
M. Nugent, and his four children, as a result of recent developments in the referenced matters.
The Nugent Familyhas several unanswered questions, and has requested that you provide to me
1. The Nugent Family was never informed about the hearing held on May 6, 2014,
before Judge DeVasto to consider Mr. Tiede's Application for Writ of Habeas
Corpus. Would you please explain the factual basis upon which you relied to tell
Judge DeVasto that the Victim's family was notified'? Please also provide copies of
any written notice you attemptedto send to the Nugent Family.
2. Likewise, from our review it appears that you have greatly altered your position on
whether Mr. Tiede should have been charged and convicted of murder. In fact, it
appears that youhave considered extraneous information developed by Mr. Tiede, his
attorneys, and treating psychologists. Please provide me with your written response a
copy of all of the information that was not presented as evidence to the jury upon
which you relied.
3. It appears from our review that Mr. Tiede does not challenge his conviction for
murder. Mr. Tiede's writ relates only to the sentence imposed by the jury. And it
' Writ of Habeas Corpus Hearing, Reporters Record, Page 10, Lines 6 through 13
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