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Beach Supporters Hold Freedom Walk

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Barry Beach supporters retraced the last steps he took as a free man one year ago.

Beach was convicted of killing Poplar Teenager Kimberly Nees back in 1979. Amidst new evidence, a judge released Beach to prepare for a new trial, but the Montana Supreme Court reversed that decision and after 18 months of freedom, he was sent back to prison.

Roberta Clincher, Beach's Mother, says taking the walk was hard, but had to be done. Supporters surrounded her and Beach's sister with signs reading "Free Beach."

Penni Koplin is an avid supporter of releasing Beach. She says with new evidence, if they aren't going to release him, he at least deserves a new trial.

However, not everyone agrees he should receive clemency or a new trial. Ed Corrigan, Flathead County Attorney says it was a brutal, horrific crime and one that doesn't deserve clemency.

Beach supporters and opponents went before the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole on April 29th to tell the board whether he should or should not receive clemency The board has two weeks from May 15th to accept Beach's application.


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