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Nees' Cousin Asks Justices to Support Beach

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More exclusive details in Barry Beach's continued fight for freedom: the victim's cousin is now asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to send him back to prison.

Last month the Montana Supreme Court overturned a District Court judge's decision to give Beach a new trial in the 1979 death of Kimberly Nees. Now Nees' cousin, Glena Nees Lockman, is speaking out on his behalf saying there is enough new evidence to grant him a new trial.

She writes in a letter to the four Justices who ruled against Beach, "In order for Kim to rest in peace, I feel it is imperative that this case go back to court and that the palm print be run through the system and those responsible for killing Kim be held accountable once and for all."

Lockman goes on to write, "Justice has not been served for Barry or Kim. Barry Beach did NOT kill Kim. I will not rest or give up seeking the truth until Barry is exonerated and those who killed Kim are held responsible. I am asking that you please grant Barry Beach a new trial, so that the truth can be heard and we can all put this behind us."

The Supreme Court said Beach's confession better matched the details of the crime scene than the theory presented in his 2011 hearing. But, Lockman said there are too many discrepancies in that confession and she thinks Beach should get a new trial.

She is not the first of Kim's family members to come forward in support of Beach. Kim's only sister, Pam, has also gone on the record saying she believes Beach is innocent.

Beach's attorneys have filed a petition for a rehearing, asking the Montana Supreme Court to reconsider it's decision to send him back to prison. They have not yet responded to that petition.

Beach, who spoke to ABC FOX MONTANA last week, said he is hopeful they'll grant him that new trial. He said his legal team continues to discover new evidence in the case that he says proves he didn't commit this crime.

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