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Montana's Barry Beach may be headed back to prison

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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)
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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 still at large, but he doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

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.

On Wednesday, Beach spent part of what could be his last hours of freedom by eating breakfast at a diner with the mayor of Billings.

Wearing a T-shirt that says "I didn't do it," Beach choked back tears and fielded phone calls from supporters.

Beach told The Associated Press it was unbelievable he could return to prison nearly two years after a Lewistown judge freed him.

Beach's employer and friend, Ziggy Ziegler, says he's trying to negotiate a voluntary surrender.

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