Trial Delayed for Becker in Eluding Case

Mark Becker (right) stands as the jury enters the courtroom during his murder trial at the Butler County Courthouse on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Allison, Iowa. Judge Stephen Carroll excused the jury for the weekend. Becker was accused of shooting Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas June 24, 2009, in front of students in the high school's weight room. (AP Photo/Jim Slosiarek, Pool)


By Becky Ogann

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, faces life in prison for gunning down Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas on June 24.

Sentencing is April 14.

Becker is charged in a separate case with threatening a Cedar Falls man and damaging his garage, then leading police on a chase on June 20. After his arrest, Becker was admitted to a Waterloo hospital for evaluation, then released on June 23.

The next morning, Becker shot Thomas.

The Butler County clerk of court's office says Becker's trial on the eluding case, which had been set for April 6, has been delayed until May 4.

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