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Old 02-12-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default OT-Iowa Hs Football Coach Murder Trial Begins...,2933,...est=latestnews

SHELL ROCK, Iowa Opening statements are set to get under way in the trial of a man accused of gunning down a revered high school football coach in Iowa.

Mark D. Becker is accused of killing Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas in the school's weight room last year. His trial is scheduled to begin at the Butler County Courthouse on Friday.

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The 24-year-old's defense attorney has said he'll ask jurors to find Becker not guilty by reason of insanity or diminished responsibility.

Becker played football for Thomas in high school. He is accused of shooting the coach to death in front of more than 20 students on June 24.

Thomas led the northeast Iowa team for 34 seasons and was the NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2005. Four of his players are now in the NFL.

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Old 02-12-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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A guy shoots someone in front of 20 people and gets a trial. If he's pleading insanity, that admits that he did it.

Why not just a psych eval and move on? Seems like such a waste of time.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:49 PM   #3
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It would seem you'd have to be insane to do something like this. Isn't that what prisons are supposed to be for? Rehabilitation?
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:52 PM   #4
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I dont get the insanity thing.....if you are really conniving and smart just commit the most heinous act possible and plead this...lock this guy up and throw away the key
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