A man in jail for 28 years was released after growing doubts of his guilt.
Barry Beach, 49, was convicted in 1984 of murdering his 17-year-old schoolmate Kim Nees. Nees was beaten to death.
Recently, growing doubts on Beach’s guilt turned up on the national news. The rise in profile of the case prompted people to come forward with new information that could possibly incriminate others for the crime.
However, prosecutors are adamant that Beach did murder Nees and want him back behind bards. They claim that Beach’s confession of the crime is proof he did it, but Beach said he was forced to confess.
Beach was released without bail in Billings, Mont., and is living with a former county commissioner and supporter. He is currently working at the bakery owned by the wife of the man he is living with.
The State Attorney general’s office will be asking the Montana Supreme Court to reverse the new trial order, and instead put Beach back in jail.