Judge grants Beach a new trial
BILLINGS (AP) — The man convicted in the 1979 killing of a Poplar girl is getting a new trial.
KULR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/rrj5q1 ) a District Court judge in Fergus County ruled Tuesday that new evidence could convince a jury to acquit Barry Beach.
The 49-year-old was convicted in 1984 in the beating death of 17-year-old Kimberly Nees largely based on his own confession.
Beach, who has spent 28 years in prison, argues that he was coerced into the confession by out-of-state police.
His attorneys have argued a group of girls was actually responsible for Nees death and blamed shoddy p...