Montana man back in custody over 1979 slaying

MATTHEW BROWN
Facing a return to prison possibly for the rest of his life, Barry Beach awaits word on his fate Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at a Billings, Mont. diner. The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Beach a new trial in a move that could send him back to prison for the rest of his life for the 1979 slaying of a Poplar teen, nearly two years after a Lewistown judge freed him. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Barry Beach is back in custody after surrendering to authorities in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that could send him back to prison for the rest of his life for the 1979 slaying of a teenager

Two years after Beach was freed by a Lewistown Judge, a spokesman for the attorney general said he was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

Beach had spent part of his last hours of freedom eating breakfast at a diner with the mayor of Billings and other friends. Wearing a T-shirt that says "I didn't do it," he told The Associated Press it was unbelievable he could return to prison nearly two years after a Lewistown judge freed him.