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Mark Becker Trial

Mark Becker Will Remain at Oakdale

OAKDALE – Mark Becker, convicted of killing a legendary Iowa high school football last year, will remain at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. Becker, 25, completed the initial intake... Read More »

Mark Becker to be Evaluated, Placed into Prison System

CORALVILLE - Mark Becker, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an Iowa football coach, was transferred last week to the Iowa Medical Classification Center where he will be evaluated for placement... Read More »

Charges Dropped in Becker's Eluding Case

ALLISON (AP) - The Butler County Attorney's Office has dropped an eluding charge against a man convicted of killing Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas. Butler County Attorney... Read More »

Mark Becker Sentenced to Life in Prison, Thomas Family Speaks

ALLISON - Mark Becker has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole. Becker, 24, was convicted last month of shooting and killing former Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. A jury rejected Becker's claim of not guilty by reason of insanity. Read More »

Becker Wants a New Trial

PARKERSBURG (AP) - The man convicted of killing an Iowa high school football coach has asked for a new trial, saying the judge misdirected the jury by not including instructions requested by his defense... Read More »

Becker, Convicted of Killing Ed Thomas, Wants New Trial

ALLISON (AP) -- The man convicted of killing an Iowa high school football coach wants a new trial. Online court records for Butler County show Mark Becker's attorney filed a motion for a new trial last... Read More »

Culver Signs Bill Sparked by Coach Killing

DES MOINES (AP) - Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has signed a bill into law that would require hospitals to notify police when releasing someone with an outstanding warrant. The legislation was sparked by the... Read More »

Trial Delayed for Becker in Eluding Case

ALLISON (AP) - The eluding police case of a man convicted of killing an Iowa high school football coach has been delayed until after he's sentenced for first-degree murder. Mark Becker, of Parkersburg,... Read More »

Iowa House Approves 'Ed Thomas' Bill

DES MOINES (AP) - The Iowa House has approved a measure that would require hospitals to notify police when a patient wanted for a crime is released. The House approved the bill unanimously on... Read More »

With Trial Over, Parkersburg Hopes for Return to Normalcy

PARKERSBURG — With the Mark Becker murder trial coming to an end, the hope in Parkersburg is that Monday’s verdict will help the town return to normal. From the deadly 2008 tornado to the Thomas murder... Read More »

Mark Becker Guilty of First Degree Murder

ALLISON - Mark Becker was found guilty of first-degree murder today in the shooting death of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas last summer. It was a unanimous verdict after 25 hours of deliberation over five days. Sentencing has been set for April 14th at 10:00 a.m. "Hopefully we can continue to have the impact and carry the legacy (Ed) left us," Aaron Thomas said. Read More »

Jury Deliberations in Becker Murder Trial to Resume Monday

ALLISON - The jury in the Mark Becker murder trial will meet again Monday, trying to reach a verdict. The jury has been deliberating for two and a half days now. On Friday, the jurors passed a note... Read More »

Big Trial in a Small Town... Scarcely a Ripple

ALLISON - The Butler County seat was abuzz when it heard the Mark Becker murder trial would be held in Allison, population 1,000, but the impact has been less than some thought and the strangers in town... Read More »

LIVE COVERAGE: Closing Arguments in Becker Trial

ALLISON - Closing arguments in the Mark Becker murder trial start 9 a.m. today in Butler County District Court. Testimony wrapped up Tuesday after the state's second rebuttal witness testified. The trial... Read More »

Mark Becker Trial to Continue Next Week

ALLISON - The defense continues its case in the Mark Becker murder trial in Butler County District Court. Becker, 24, is accused of shooting and killing Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas... Read More »

Testimony Continues in Becker Trial

ALLISON - The defense in the Mark Becker murder trial continued its case Thursday in Butler County District Court. The trial will continue Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Becker is accused of shooting and... Read More »

Becker's Mother Takes the Stand in Murder Trial

ALLISON - In court Wednesday, the mother of a former football player accused of shooting his high school coach has testified that her son suffered from severe bouts of depression and occasionally violent... Read More »

Jurors Hear Recorded Interview with Becker, Prosecution Rests

ALLISON - The prosecution has called its last witness in the murder trial of a former football player accused of killing his high school coach. A state investigator spoke with mark Becker just hours... Read More »

First Day of Testimony in Mark Becker Murder Trial

ALLISON - Fifteen-year-old Brandon Simkins testified through tears on Friday about seeing his football coach shot. Simkins said Mark Becker entered the temporary weight room at Aplington-Parkersburg... Read More »

REPLAY LIVE CHAT: First Day of Testimony at Mark Becker Murder Trial

Replay Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's coverage of the first-degree murder trial of Mark Becker on Friday, February 12, 2010. Read More »

Jury Selection Continues in Becker Trial

SHELL ROCK - Jury selection in the Mark Becker trial may wrap up Thursday night. Second Judicial District Judge Stephen Carroll just announced that there will be a few more people individually questioned... Read More »

Jury Selection Underway in Ed Thomas Murder Case

SHELL ROCK - The 220 people called for jury panel just made it through the doors at the Boyd Building auditorium for jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of Mark Becker. Jury selection was... Read More »

Becker's Lawyer Wants Trial By Jan. 30th

ALLISON — Mark Becker, accused of fatally shooting Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, waived his right to speedy trial last week in Butler County District Court. Becker, 24, of Parkersburg,... Read More »

Thomas' Wife: "I think he died having no regrets"

PARKERSBURG - Ed Thomas was the head football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg high school for "about" as long as he was married to his wife Jan. Together, the two treasured 34 years of A-P football. Season... Read More »

Becker Competent to Stand Trial

ALLISON - A Butler County judge has found Mark Becker mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of coach Ed Thomas. Becker is accused of shooting Thomas in the weight room at Aplington-Parkersburg... Read More »

Judge Approves Motion for Records in Ed Thomas Murder

ALLISON (AP) - A judge has approved a motion seeking access to mental health or substance abuse committal files of the man accused of gunning down an Iowa high school football coach. In an order... Read More »

Man Charged in Coach Case Plans Insanity Defense

MASON CITY (AP) - The man accused of gunning down a high school football coach will use a defense of insanity and/or diminished responsibility. Mason City attorney Susan Flander filed the motion of... Read More »

Becker Formally Charged in Coach Ed Thomas Murder

IOWA CITY (AP) - The man accused of killing high school football coach Ed Thomas has been formally charged with first-degree murder. Mark D. Becker will be arraigned July 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the... Read More »

911 Calls Released from Ed Thomas Shooting

PARKERSBURG - The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has released five 911 tapes recorded on June 24 in response to the shooting of Ed Thomas at the Parkersburg High School.

The 911 calls... Read More »

Becker Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Coach Ed Thomas

PARKERSBURG (AP) - The man accused of killing Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Mark Becker, 24, a former player, is accused... Read More »

A-P Coach Murdered, Former Player Charged

BUTLER COUNTY - Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas, 58, died after being shot multiple times around 7:47 Wednesday morning at the school's weight room. Mark Becker, 24, of Parkersburg, has been charged... Read More »

Official: Shooting Suspect's Release Not His Fault

DES MOINES (AP) - A Butler County mental health official says he's not to blame for the release of a man who later is accused of killing a Parkersburg football coach. Butler County Sheriff Jason Johnson... Read More »

Statement from Butler County on Mark Becker's Release from Hospital

PARKERSBURG - This information is being released on behalf of Butler County Sheriff Jason Johnson in response to questions about the notification of law enforcement when Mark Becker was released from a... Read More »

Statement from Becker Family

The Becker family has released the following statement: "Our family wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the Thomas family. Our community has lost a respected and loved leader, our school has... Read More »

Covenant: Staff Not Asked to Notify Police of Becker's Release

PARKERSBURG (AP) - An Iowa hospital says it treated a 24-year-old man brought in by law enforcement officials and released him shortly before he allegedly gunned down his former football coach. ... Read More »

Community Reaction to Thomas Murder

Parkersburg - Ed Thomas wasn't just a football coach, he was also a social studies teacher and an Elder at his church. In that time, hundreds of people in town say Thomas made Parkersburg a better place... Read More »

Becker Time Line Saturday Through Wednesday

PARKERSBURG - Butler County authorities arrested Becker Saturday night after a high speed chase through Cedar Falls and into Grundy and Butler Counties.

After spending the night in jail, law... Read More »

AP Player: Becker Was Denied Coaching Job

PARKERSBURG - Officials released very few details about Becker. We do know he was a football player under Ed Thomas when he was a student at Aplington Parkersburg. Several sources tell us Becker recently... Read More »

Mark Becker Sentenced to Life in Prison, Thomas Family Speaks

Mark Becker has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole for the shooting death of Parkersburg High School football coach, Ed Thomas. Todd and Aaron Thomas were among family members who spoke Wednesday before a judge sentenced Mark Becker to prison for the killing of Thomas. The judge denied Becker's request for a new trial. Read More »

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