LEWISTOWN (AP)- After spending nearly 29 years in prison, 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 THAT HE NEVER KILLED.I agree with the assessment of Barry Beach's trial. Beach was a strong young athlete at the time the Nees girl was murdered. The evidence shows that she was repeatedly struck in the head with a blunt instrument. It apparently took many blows to the head before the young woman died. One blow in the head from a young man of Beach's stature and strength would have killed this young woman.
On the other hand, another teenage girl with less strength would have had to strike Nees repeatedly to kill her. This should have been an open and shut case of NOT GUILTY for Beach just based on this fact alone.
District Judge fraud 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.
Following the hearing, Beach changed from a suit and tie into a Washington Redskins football jersey with the number 28. He said the number was symbolic, citing the 28 years and 11 months he has spent in prison for nothing.