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Former player arrested in killing of Iowa coach
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Posted on 06/24/2009 10:44:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Police have charged a 24-year-old former player in the fatal shooting of a prominent Iowa high school football coach.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: coach; edthomas; football; iowa; markbecker; schoolshooting; schoolviolence; shooting

1 posted on 06/24/2009 10:44:57 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

24? Coach must have really been hard on him to hold a grudge that long.


2 posted on 06/24/2009 10:46:45 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: JoeProBono

But guns at school are illegal. How could this happen?


3 posted on 06/24/2009 10:48:21 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: JoeProBono

Football coaches do elicit strong feelings both positive and not.


4 posted on 06/24/2009 10:48:29 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Abathar

Parkersburg was hit by a devastating tornado awhile back, now this. I would imagine that this guy’s court appointed attorney will ask for a change in venue.


6 posted on 06/24/2009 10:52:09 AM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: pissant

Cornhole?


7 posted on 06/24/2009 10:52:46 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: JoeProBono

By the way, Coach Thomas coached this team for 30 years with 300 victories. Several of his players have gone on to the NFL. Apparently, this Coach was a legend.


8 posted on 06/24/2009 10:54:55 AM PDT by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: Abathar
24? Coach must have really been hard on him to hold a grudge that long.

He is a sophomore, and he is mad because the coach promised him he would be a starter this fall.

9 posted on 06/24/2009 10:54:55 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

10 posted on 06/24/2009 11:00:19 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: pissant

I wouldn’t be in too much of a rush to judgment, but for such a long article you’d.think it would mention a wife or kids if he had them.

Will not be surprised if allegations of sexual abuse is involved.


11 posted on 06/24/2009 11:11:03 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Are the Sea Chickens going to be any good this year?


12 posted on 06/24/2009 11:11:56 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: JoeProBono

For the many who don’t know-this is a huge story for Iowa. Parkersburg is the town that was destroyed last year in a tornado. 7 deaths I believe. Anyway, this coach is a legend in Iowa. He has been the head football coach in a very small town that has I believe 4 current NFL players. This coach was also a leader in rebuilding their community. We are hurting today in Iowa.


13 posted on 06/24/2009 11:16:04 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: All

Coach was one of the most highly regarded men in the Midwest.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

details here:

http://www.kwwl.com/Global/story.asp?S=10586585


14 posted on 06/24/2009 11:18:48 AM PDT by Iowa Granny (A Penny Saved, is a Penny TAXED)
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To: pissant
I don't actually follow the NFL and couldn’t care less about the Seahawks. It's just a screen name that helps hide my real identity.
15 posted on 06/24/2009 11:19:24 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
” wouldn’t be in too much of a rush to judgment, but for such a long article you’d.think it would mention a wife or kids if he had them.

Will not be surprised if allegations of sexual abuse is involved”

Ordinarily I would agree with your guess but my gut feeling is that this alleged murderer has held a grudge for many years for a football related slight(getting cut, lost his starting job). This anger has recently come to a head because of other life shaking problems such as divorce, loss of job, arrest and has manifested itself on the person perceived as one who initiated the shooter's “lifetime” of misfortune.

Or maybe not.

16 posted on 06/24/2009 11:21:24 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: pissant

Police have charged Mark Becker, 24, with First Degree Murder. Becker is a former A-P student and football player.

Becker was also involved in a police chase last weekend. The chase started in Cedar Falls in connection with a report of vandalism and ended in Butler County near Allison.

Becker was taken in custody on Saturday and transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Cedar Falls police planned to file charges against Becker after his evaluation. According to the Cedar Falls Police Chief, the department was never notified when Becker was released


17 posted on 06/24/2009 11:24:52 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: JoeProBono

Becker involved in chase over weekend..

Court records show that Parkersburg police engaged in a high speed chase of Becker Saturday night after Cedar Falls police alerted them about an incident at a residence in which Becker allegedly broke out windows with a baseball bat and drove into the garage door causing more than $1,000 damage.

Parkersburg Police chief Chris Luhring observed Becker’s vehicle - a black 1997 Chevy Malibu - on Iowa Highway 57 westbound at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

Luhring pursued the vehicle and observed him going through stop sign at busy intersection at high speed, according to court records.

A chase ensued that went in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase ended six miles north of Parkersburg when Becker struck a deer with the car while traveling in excess of 90 miles.

Becker on Sunday was charged with eluding, speeding, reckless driving and failure to obey a stop sign.

Online court records also show that Becker has pleaded guilty to charges of assault causing injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal mischief in the fourth degree in Black Hawk County in January and February.

He received a four-day jail term with the remaining 86 days suspended on the assault charge. He also was charged with underage possession of alcohol in August 2004 and pleaded guilty to that charge a month later.

A review of court records also that Becker received a deferred judgment on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia 2003. The court order ­ signed on Sept. 3, 2003 ­ also notes that “the defendant allowed to participate in football if acceptable to the school.”

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20090624/NEWS/90624008


18 posted on 06/24/2009 12:19:25 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: toldyou
Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas shot to death


Alleged Perp Mark Becker

19 posted on 06/24/2009 12:31:38 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Don'tMessWithTexas

>>>I would imagine that this guy’s court appointed attorney will ask for a change in venue.

Lawyer better ask to move it to another state.


20 posted on 06/24/2009 1:47:27 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (ESPN MNF: 3 Putzes talking about football on TV while I'm trying to watch a game.)
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To: iowamark

Police: Suspect was supposed to be taken to mental ward
PARKERSBURG (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old man charged with murdering a prominent Iowa high school football coach was supposed to be taken to taken to a hospital psychiatric ward after taking a baseball bat to a Cedar Rapids home Saturday night and leading police on a car chase.

Cedar Falls Police Chief Jeff Olson says Butler County Sheriff’s deputies were supposed to take Mark Becker to a hospital psychiatric unit after the Saturday night incident.

Olson says Becker was released at some point but that his department wasn’t notified.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the deputies took Becker to the hospital. The Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the matter.

Becker is charged with first-degree murder in this morning’s slaying of Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas. Authorities say Becker, a former player, walked into the high school weight room and unloaded several shots into Thomas in front of some current players.

Becker was charged Monday with eluding police pursuit.


21 posted on 06/24/2009 7:01:29 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (ESPN MNF: 3 Putzes talking about football on TV while I'm trying to watch a game.)
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