Posted: Jun 13, 2013 7:54 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jun 14, 2013 2:07 PM
BILLINGS - The fate of Barry Beach is once again in the hands of the Montana Supreme Court.
On Wednesday, the State Attorney General's Office responded to a motion by Beach's attorneys. That motion asked the court to reconsider its ruling, denying Beach a new trial.
One month ago, in a 4-3 ruling, the justices rejected a district judge's decision that freed Beach from prison. The state says the Supreme Court ruled correctly.
Saying no new credible evidence has ever been presented to justify a new trial, Beach maintains that his confession was coerced in the 1979 murder of Kimberly Nees and that a gang of girls was actually responsible.
After 18 months of freedom, Beach returned to prison last month. He continues to serve a 100-year sentence.
Both sides now await the Supreme Court's decision.