Push for Reform After Shooting Suspect's Release from Hospital

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

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By Becky Ogann

DES MOINES (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker is calling for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding a hospital's release of a man who is charged with gunning down a prominent high school football coach in the school's weight room.

Mark Becker is charged with first-degree murder in the June 24 slaying of Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas. Becker was released a day earlier from a Waterloo hospital after a psychiatric evaluation.

State Rep. Patrick Grassley says that it's obvious something fell through the cracks. He says he will work in the Legislature to make sure such an incident doesn't happen again.

State Ombudsman Bill Angrick says he may also conduct an investigation. He says there are issues that warrant further examination.
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