Sep 29, 2013 2:29 PM by Alex Clark

Barry Beach supporters rally in Helena

HELENA - Scores of people gathered in Helena on Saturday to rally for Montana State Prison inmate Barry Beach.

Sue Searcy, one of the organizers of the rally, said, "Injustice for one is injustice for all. And if we do not stand up in some way, the state and the justice system just gets worse. It starts with Barry Beach and it just snowballs on down. We have got to stand up for justice, we have all got to have our out cry heard."

Beach himself also made a phone call to the rally, thanking people via a cell phone and speaker set-up.

Beach said, "Because of each day, because of the prayer that you have all prayed, someday soon, I am going to walk up those capitol steps again."

Searcy said, "We're hoping we can find that one person, that has the main key, to open the door and get this done. To get this taken care of. That we can get Barry out."

Beach has been back in the Montana State Prison for several months, following more than a year of freedom after being released in December 2011 when a District Court judge determined that he should get a new trial for the 1979 murder of Kim Nees of Poplar.

The Montana Supreme Court ruled in May 2013 that Beach would not get a new trial.

Beach was convicted of the crime in 1983 and served 29 years in the Montana State Prison before his short-lived release.

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