Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Man released from prison after 27 years is sent back

Barry Beach had spent 27 years in prison for the 1979 murder of a teenage classmate.  He became a cause celebre among some influential state and national advocates who say his murder confession was coerced.

Years of calls for his release culminated in a 2011 judge's order freeing him and laying the groundwork for a new trial, with testimony expected from witnesses who allege Nees was killed in an out-of-control fight among girls.

Last week, the Montana Supreme Court ordered him back to prison and took away his brief taste of normal life. Beach had been settling into a new life in Billings, with a house and a job.

The state Supreme Court's reversal of the 2011 order puts Beach back in prison for what will likely be the rest of his life barring some kind of intervention. Almost nothing about the Barry Beach case has been routine — and advocates promised they will find other ways to prove his innocence.

To read more: http://news.yahoo.com/mont-man-custody-release-1979-slaying-174259874.html

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