Barry Beach released on own recognizance


LEWISTOWN (AP) — After spending nearly 29 years behind bars, convicted murderer Barry Beach was released on his own recognizance Wednesday to await a new trial in the 1979 death of a 17-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

District Judge E. Wayne Phillips ordered Beach's release at a hearing in Lewistown just weeks after ordering a new trial for the 49-year-old man.

AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer

Attorneys for Barry Beach, center left, smile and shake hands after Judge Wayne Phillips' ruling to deny a delay for a bond hearing in Lewistown on Wednesday. Ba...

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