Mark Becker denied post-conviction relief

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 1:38 PM CDT
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The Iowa Court of Appeals has denied Mark Becker's application for post-conviction relief.

defines post-conviction relief as "a term related to appeals of criminal convictions, which may include release, new trial, modification of sentence, and such other relief as may be proper and just. The court may also make supplementary orders to the relief granted, concerning such matters as rearraignment, retrial, custody and release on security."

In 2009, Becker was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach and teacher Ed Thomas.

During the 2009 trial, Becker argued he had paranoid schizophrenia and used an insanity defense.

In the opinion filed on June 20, 2018, Becker said no one challenged the amount of restitution he has to pay the Thomas family.

Becker also claimed his legal team was ineffective for several reasons, including that they failed to file for a motion of a change of venue due to pretrial publicity.

The filing says Becker believes Thomas' standing in the community played a role in giving him a fair trial.

The filings do leave open the potential to discuss areas where postconviction counsel should've presented evidence on claims, provided Becker decides to have a postconviction relief trial.

Becker is currently serving time at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, Iowa.

to read the five-page court document filed on June 20, 2018.

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