Mark Becker To Stand Trial In Ed Thomas Slaying

We’re not sure if there’s any such thing as “good news” when a murder trial starts going forward - after all, one man’s dead, and another is looking at life without parole - but such is the nature of justice and punishment, both of which are sorely needed in Parkersburg, Iowa.

Mark Becker Ed Thomas

That’s where, earlier this summer, venerated head coach and community leader Ed Thomas was allegedly gunned down by a troubled ex-player, Mark Becker. Despite the relatively easy identification and apprehension of Becker shortly thereafter, Becker has pled not guilty to the the first-degree murder charge, which will mainly serve to make this situation more difficult for all parties involved, and his attorney was angling for Becker to be declared unfit to stand trial. That didn’t happen, though, as a judge has just ruled Becker will face trial after all.

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Sahel Kazemi Photo Steve McNairs Girlfriend Photo

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• Prime suspect Mark Becker has plead not guilty in the shooting death of popular Iowa high school football coach Ed Thomas.

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Accused Killer of Iowa HS Coach Pleads Not Guilty

Yes, it’s uncomfortably dour to go from one surreal, tragic murder (Steve McNair) to another, slightly older surreal, tragic murder (Ed Thomas). But here it is and here we are.

Mark Becker Ed Thomas

News from the Butler County Courthouse in Allison, Iowa, is even more uncomfortable, as the story that we kind of wished was wrapping itself up neatly will, instead, drag itself through the headlines a few more times. Mark Becker, the man accused of shooting Thomas to death in his high school’s makeshift weight room, has plead not guilty to first-degree murder, according to the WATERLOO-CEDAR FALLS COURIER.

Ironically,  the most objectionable aspect of the plea isn’t the prospect of injustice, but the exact opposite.

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Michael Irvin

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• Popular Iowa high school football coach Ed Thomas is shot & killed by a former player - a former player who should have been in police custody at the time.

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LeBron Shaq

Rodney Harrison is sick of the whole Brett Favre brouhaha, too.

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Clerical Snafu Let Accused Coach Killer Go Free

New details are beginning to emerge about Mark Becker, the accused shooter of beloved Iowa high school football coach Ed Thomas, including his arrest the previous weekend. After using a baseball bat and his car to terrorize a random couple, he lead Butler County deputies on a car chase before being taken into custody and sent to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Mark Becker Ed Thomas

(Becker [L], accused of shooting & killing Coach Thomas [R])

But somehow Becker was released from the hospital and just left, which came as a surprise to Cedar Falls police, who had asked the Butler County deputies to notify them because they had planned to arrest him on two felony charges relating to the assault and chase. So instead of being behind bars or continuing to be under hospital care, Becker was able to roam the streets and carry out his plan to kill his former coach.

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