UPDATE: Iowa jury returns guilty verdict in coach shooting trial
Defendant Mark Becker
Applington-Parkersburg Coach Ed Thomas
ALLISON, Iowa (WKOW) -- A Butler County jury has returned a guilty verdict for Mark Becker for a charge of murder in the first degree in the murder of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach and teacher Ed Thomas last June.
The judge in the case set April 14th at 10am as the date and time of the sentencing.
ALLISON, Iowa (WKOW) -- After seven days of testimony and more than 25 hours of deliberation, a Butler County jury has a verdict in the Mark Becker murder trial.
Becker is facing first degree murder charges in the shooting of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach and teacher Ed Thomas last June.
Prosecutors allege Becker walked into the weight room at the high school and shot Thomas after allegedly stealing a .22 caliber gun from his parents' gun cabinet.
A number of students in the weight room the morning of the shooting testified that Becker continued to pull the trigger after the gun was empty.
The defense argues Becker was innocent due to insanity at the time of the crime. They say he had delusions the night before the murder and believed that Thomas was Satan. Expert witnesses testified for the defense that Becker was not aware of the nature of his actions and outlined a history of mental illness.
Stay tuned to WKOWTV.com for details on this developing story
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