Becker Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Coach Ed Thomas
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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