Becker, Convicted of Killing Ed Thomas, Wants New Trial

Becker reacts as the guilty verdict is read, Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010.


By Richard Pratt

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 Thursday. Judge Stephen Carroll has not yet issued a ruling on the request.

The 24-year-old Becker was convicted of first-degree murder last month for gunning down Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. The jury rejected Becker's claim that he was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Becker, of Parkersburg, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Sentencing is set for Wednesday.

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