Plea for clemency - Barry Beach: 'I d...

Plea for clemency - Barry Beach: 'I did not kill Kim Nees'

There are 107 comments on the Missoulian story from Jun 16, 2007, titled Plea for clemency - Barry Beach: 'I did not kill Kim Nees'. In it, Missoulian reports that:

Flanked by prison guards and appearing calm at his clemency hearing on Friday, Barry Beach testified he was never present during the 1979 murder of his Poplar neighbor, 17-year-old Kimberly Ann Nees. via Missoulian

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Newt Crocker

Missoula, MT

#1 Feb 22, 2008
I've known Barry Beach for 7 years having done five of them with him. He has always maintained his innocence and I believe him with all my heart. He is a good man and should be heard by a court of his peers; not the "kangaroo" set-up that the state seems to have w/ the parole board. The state of Montana is 25 years behind everyone else. Does that say enough?

Garden City, KS

#2 Apr 4, 2008
Have all of the girls that were mentioned as possible suspects had their hand print taken? I know the main drug addict lady did but what about the rest? specifically the indian lady (Whitehawk?) I know girls can be pretty cruel and vengeful when it comes to guys. What guy was this fight supposed to be over anyway? No man is all that.

Clarksville, TN

#3 Apr 4, 2008
Everyone check out the dateline post on the story. Sissy Adkinson tells the interviewer that she got a ride home from the girls that night, however, she tells the court that she walked home that night. Seems like something you wouldn't forget if you were telling the truth.

Clarksville, TN

#4 Apr 4, 2008

United States

#5 Apr 4, 2008
do you know how to contact send letters of encouragement, support? I'd like to if you know how to do so..
thank you.
[email protected]
Newt Crocker wrote:
I've known Barry Beach for 7 years having done five of them with him. He has always maintained his innocence and I believe him with all my heart. He is a good man and should be heard by a court of his peers; not the "kangaroo" set-up that the state seems to have w/ the parole board. The state of Montana is 25 years behind everyone else. Does that say enough?
Beach supporter

Rapid City, SD

#6 Apr 4, 2008
I believe with ALL the details given to this case and the evidence ect... That Beach is very VERY much INNOCENT! I would NEVER put it past "Girls" or "WOman" to be that CRUEL and jelouse to commit a crime of such a thing! I also feel in my heart and GUT that the legal system and the police officers ect.. were "Setting him up" I was heart broken and surprised at the end of dateline thet they came back with a NO!!! I was SHOCKED and felt that he wasnt given the judment he deserved! I am like the ones before that asked if there was a way to reach Beach and send him letter and and support! He needs all the supporters he can get to get through this hard trial in his life!
cali cooper

El Dorado Hills, CA

#7 Apr 4, 2008
i would like to know how to email him as well. there is no question in my mind that this man should be free. please post what you know in terms of contact info....

Spokane, WA

#8 Apr 4, 2008
This man has obviously got some love on the outs for him, and RIGHTON for that, i'm sure hes not lacking any pen pals so just pass on that this once caged soul wishes him the most of all the luck and I'll say a special prayer for him. Never give up hope friend, as you so Perfectly put it yourself when they imposed THIER sentence on YOU, that just gave you a hundered years to prove your innocence, its a travisty that its YOU that has to do that when it's suppose to be the other way around,... beyond any reasonalble doubt.sad. Keep lookin up, NEVER EVER GIVE UP.

Berkeley, CA

#9 Apr 4, 2008
You would think that after all the lacking evidence (including a bloody palm print that doesn't match- meaning it belongs to someone ELSE!), that at the very least the board would have voted in favor of parole. Unbelievable! And very scary.

“This is the bottom line...”

Since: Sep 07

Bend, Oregon

#10 Apr 4, 2008
Newt Crocker wrote:
I've known Barry Beach for 7 years having done five of them with him. He has always maintained his innocence and I believe him with all my heart. He is a good man and should be heard by a court of his peers; not the "kangaroo" set-up that the state seems to have w/ the parole board. The state of Montana is 25 years behind everyone else. Does that say enough?
John Grisham has written a true-crime book called "The Innocent Man"...I just happen to be reading it right now. It deals in depth with false confessions involving 2 cases and 4 men. If there is any way to contact someone, whether Barry Beach himself, or others connected with his case, it would be prudent to bring these cases up as examples of how police officials can extract a false confession.

Idanha, OR

#11 Apr 5, 2008
Definitely something is wrong with Montana's 'system of justice'. So incredible something good didn't come out of the board he sat before.
I have just dropped Marc Racicot (pronounced Rosko)into Google ... came up with a lot of reading.
My history is solid in Montana and at the moment, I am rather ashamed to say my family has deep roots there.

Redmond, WA

#12 Apr 5, 2008
our system is definitely broken, and corrupt. Seems the Govenor has the last word so he can look good. As all the "kangaroo court" was afraid to make the wrong judgement, as they may lose their jobs! Maybe we could start a petition of some kind to help Barry Beach. Guess if his name was O.J. he might be free!
Karen WI

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Apr 5, 2008
I saw dateline last night about Barry Beach. I live within 100 miles of Poplar from 1983-2004. I never heard of this case before. It appears to me that Barry shouldn't be in jail. If I had onw question, it would be "I snow the small towns as Poplar is gossip runs rampant. How is it that the secret is still withheld?" That would be my only concern as to Barrys guilt. These small towns are all about gossip. Someone needs to come forward and do the right thing. Sissy better hope she was not involved as covering up with her words of heaven may keep her from entering.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#14 Apr 5, 2008
Barry Beach may or may not have killed the girl, it's just the fact that there was no evidence left by him in the vehicle, no fingerprints, no footprints, and the blood on the towel not his or Kim's, leaves one to be amazed that, like an above poster said, the board didn't decide to give him parole. The only thing I can figure is that the board was afraid if Beach was released there might be a major lawsuit against the state of Montana or the town of Poplar. I'm also wondering if Centurion Ministries had Beach take a polygraph. It sounds like he took one at the time of the murder and either passed or it was inconclusive. Whatever the case, this sounds like a grave injustice. If like the prosecutor said, evidence was tainted, LE did the "best they could" at the time, that's no reason to convict and keep incarcerated a man in a case that police may have botched.


#15 Apr 5, 2008
Whether Barry Beach is innocent or guilty has become irrelevant. There was never any evidence to implicate him, or even cause suspicion of him. He never received his constitutionally guaranteed "fair trial." A confession given under duress is unreliable at best. Without corroborating evidence,(which this case is sorely lacking,) it should never be the final tool used to imprison a person, regardless of guilt or innocence. I have never seen a situation where corruption is quite so obvious. In order to avoid embarrassment over not being able to find the true killer(s), this town and state scapegoated a man who is clearly innocent (in my view) and have refused to admit the possibility that they made a mistake, even decades later. No wonder the vast majority of the population of this country have zero faith in law enforcement, court systems, and justice. Here's to Centurion Ministries for not giving up on a losing battle. Perhaps with better resources (such as expert testimony from forensic specialists) and access to the fingerprint evidence that has been guarded like a skeleton in the closet by Poplar law enforcement, they may have been successful in their plight. To Barry: Never surrender, never back down, never give up. The louder you speak, the more people hear you. Eventually someone of consequence is bound to take notice. Good luck.

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Apr 5, 2008
I was just so upset watching just how easy this could happen to someone, the fact that he has served this much time, was given 100 years, I mean come on! I would love to do something to help, just don't know how. I believe there is a lot of people who would help if that knew what to do. I am just so horrified over all this. It really touched my heart and all I can think is could you imagion that being you, how could you get help, its like everything is against him. I feel that something has to be behind all this for them to not even concider parole. I think it should be really looked into. I just wish I could help!
Free Mr Beach

San Diego, CA

#17 Apr 5, 2008
There is no evidence that Mr. Beach committed this crime. His confession seems coerced. We have seen this in San Diego with the Micheal Crowe case and with the West Memphis Three. It is not uncommon for the police to influence young minds under duress.
It is a travesty of justice that he is not a free man.

Denver, CO

#18 Apr 5, 2008
I think the prosecuting attorney, who is now governor, had a big influence on the Board's decision. He's got a lot to lose if his "guilty" verdict is overturned. His body language says sooooo much.
Becky Bragg

Horse Cave, KY

#19 Apr 5, 2008
I hope this man gets out of prison soon. I watched the show and just could'nt believe he was denied parole, blew my mind. I think this story is so sad and i admire Barry for staying so postive, no wonder his mom said he was her hero!!!!!


#20 Apr 5, 2008
After watching Dateline, I cried hard for someone that I have never met. I'm speechless. How can that parole board sleep at night. I would love to see all of the Montana's officials serve 1 year in prison with the evidence that they have failed to have against Barry Beach. In this trial the word "evidence" should never be brought up....there is none. The governor needs to swallow his failure in this case and let that poor man free, and give him 25 years of restitution. I want to know what happened to the police officer that broke into the building and stole the other evidence. Where is he at?? And for Sissy, she was soo high that she did NOT even know where she as at. HELLO!! I would totally be ashamed to be a part of the Criminal Justice Dept. of Montana. If someone finds out how to contact Barry,,,PLEASE let us know, so that we can give him our support. GOD BLESS YOU BARRY, PLEASE HANG IN THERE. [email protected]

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