Beach attorneys dispute letter from Racicot to parole board

2014-05-09T10:21:00Z 2014-06-16T18:38:17Z Beach attorneys dispute letter from Racicot to parole boardThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 09, 2014 10:21 am  • 

GREAT FALLS — Attorneys for a Montana prisoner serving a 100-year murder sentence are disputing a letter opposing his release by the former governor who prosecuted him.

Former Montana Attorney General and Gov. Marc Racicot wrote to the state's parole board that there has been no change in Barry Beach's circumstances that would justify a new investigation since he was denied clemency in 2007.

Beach has applied for clemency after serving 30 years in prison for the 1979 beating death of 17-year-old Kim Nees.

Beach attorney Terrance Toavs wrote an answer to Racicot on May 2.

Toavs says Racicot failed to mention that a district judge found enough new evidence to release Beach in 2011 while awaiting a new trial. That order was reversed by the state Supreme Court. 

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