Jurors Hear Recorded Interview with Becker, Prosecution Rests

By Dave Franzman

Mark Becker, right, stands with his defense team as his first-degree murder trial continued in Allison, Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. Becker is accused of shooting Aplington-Parkersurg head football coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. (AP Photo/Waterloo Courier, Rick Chase)


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 after the shooting death of the popular coach. Jurors heard a recording of what Becker had to say in court on Tuesday.

DCI Agent Chris Callaway got a call to interview suspect Mark Becker just minutes after Becker's arrest. Callaway described Becker as cooperative that morning, although prone to fits of sobbing, and bizarre statements.

For one, Becker claimed his old coach was a devil with the power to turn people into animals. Becker told the agents that morning he finally decided to do something.

"I realized something had to be done so something got into me and I did it," Becker said on the recorded interview.

Becker readily agreed in the interview that he stalked the coach that morning and used this revolver from his parents home to shoot him.

Becker said he had no intention of hurting anyone else that day. As he left the school weight room, he told four or five students that they were now free.

"I yelled at the top of my lungs, 'Be free. Everyone from this day on be free. It's done and over'," said Becker in the recorded interview.

Just before the interview was over, Becker told the agent he felt so much better. In fact he felt 'so sane right now'.

Prosecutors rested after calling an assistant Iowa Medical Examiner to talk about the autopsy of Thomas.

The defense testimony begins Wednesday morning.

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