Becker Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Coach Ed Thomas

Mark Becker, 24, of Parkersburg, has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Ed Thomas.


By Becky Ogann

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 of shooting Thomas in the school's weight room on June 24. Becker entered a written plea last Thursday in Butler County District Court in Allison.

His plea cancels an arraignment hearing set for Tuesday.

According to online court records, Becker demanded a speedy trial, which means he'll have to stand trial within 90 days.

No trial date was immediately set.

Becker remains in the Cerro Gordo County jail in Mason City on $1 million cash bond.

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