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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 says in a statement that he asked the county's central point coordinator on mental health to notify him when Mark Becker would be released from a psychiatric evaluation, but that didn't happen.
On Friday, the central point coordinator, Bob Lincoln, says such a request is outside the scope of his duties. He declined further comment.
Becker was released Tuesday from a Waterloo hospital, where he was taken after being arrested on charges of threatening a Cedar Falls man and fleeing police. On Wednesday, he's accused of gunning down coach Ed Thomas at a high school weight room.
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