- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana’s parole board has more work to do before deciding whether to accept convicted murderer Barry Beach’s application for clemency.

Board of Pardons and Parole chairman Mike McKee said in April he hoped a decision would be made this month on whether to hold a full hearing.

McKee said in an email Friday that each of the seven board members is still reviewing the materials and preparing notes and comments for a draft decision.

That draft will be circulated for review and revisions, followed by a notification period that can last up to 21 days.

Beach is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 beating death of classmate Kim Nees in Poplar.

He is arguing that circumstances have changed since his last clemency request was rejected in 2007.

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