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Montana man's unusual case for innocence builds as judge orders new trial for 1979 murder
HELENA, Mont. (AP) ' In Montana, convicted killer Barry Beach has gained a long list of supporters who are adamant that he is wrongfully imprisoned. Yet there are many, including the current Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice, who argue Beach indeed killed schoolmate Kim Nees on a festive summer night in 1979.
Nothing has been normal about Beach's case ever since Louisiana police got him to confess to the Montana murder of honor student Nees ' four years after it took place ' absent any real evidence tying him to the crime. And it continues to generate headlines ' including the bombshell last week from a judge who ordered a new trial after an unprecedented multi-day hearing gave him doubts about whether Beach received a fair trial 25 years ago.