Dateline NBC Puts Convicted Murderer Barry Beach Back in the National Spotlight
Recently NBC put Barry Beach and the State of Montana back in the national news headlines with their in depth Dateline NBC series. Beach was accused and found guilty of killing Kimberly Nees.
The Murder of Kimberly Ann Nees took place in Poplar on June 16, 1979. 17 year old Nees, was bludgeoned to death while in her pickup near the Poplar River on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Barry Allan Beach, a 17 year old at the time, confessed four years later and was convicted and sentenced to 100 years in jail without parole. Later, Mr. Beach maintained that his confession had been coerced and obtained the help of Centurion Ministries to obtain a new trial.
On December 8, 2011, Barry Beach was released pending a new trial in the killing.
Beach’s release came just weeks after Fergus County District Judge E. Wayne Phillips ruled that there was enough new evidence to justify a new trial for Beach.
However on May 15, 2013, the Montana Supreme Court overturned the lower court decision, ruling that Judge Phillips improperly weighed the evidence between the 2011 lower court ruling and what was presented at Beach’s original trial. Beach was returned to prison shortly after. Before his return to prison he visited with KULR News Anchor Greg Lamotte for his only interview.
A lot of controversy surrounds this case, like DNA evidence disappearing before it could be tested.
Beach had confessed to the crimes, while in Louisiana, he was not even in the state at the time the crimes were committed!
In his confession Beach said he wiped his fingerprints clean from the back of the truck. But investigators found 40 fingerprints, 28 of which did not belong to Nees, her family, Beach, or the investigating officers.
Though there is no evidence that Beach committed the murder, he is again serving time, what do you think? Is he guilty? Or is he innocent?
You can sign a petition to the State of Montana to free Barry Beach and let you voice e heard.