High court strikes order for new Barry Beach trial


HELENA, Mont - The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a judge's order that released convicted murderer Barry Beach two years ago.

The Supreme Court said in a 4-3 decision Tuesday that Beach will not receive a new trial.

A Lewistown judge in 2011 granted Beach a new trial after ruling new evidence raised doubts about his guilt. Beach has since been living in Billings.

Beach had been in prison for the 1979 killing of a 17-year-old girl on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Advocates argued he was wrongly convicted.

Beach had not been taken into custody by Tuesday evening. He told The Associated Press he just learned of the decision and didn't know what it meant.

Attorney General spokesman John Barnes says he can't comment on whether or when Beach will be arrested.

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