Barry Beach, Segment 1
The date was June 16, 1979. 17 year old Kim Nees was beaten to death in a grisly murder near Poplar, Montana.
Nearly 4 years later, a young Montana man who was in Louisiana at the time was interrogated by detectives about the murders of 3 Louisiana women. They also quizzed him about the murder of Kim Nees. At some point during that interrogation, Barry Beach confessed to all 4 killings. Barry Beach's long saga with the justice system was just beginning. Beach was convicted of Kim Nees murder in 1984 and sentenced to 100 years in prison without the possibility of parole. He served 29 years in the Montana State Prison, and then Beach won a new trial when his attorneys argued that new evidence established the grounds for such a trial. He was released from custody. After 18 months of freedom, he was put back in prison when the Montana Supreme Court ruled by a 4 to 3 margin that the judge who ordered the new trial was in error. Beach is now at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.
Story by Don Dunwell, Beartooth NBC.
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