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Iowa towns ready for murder trial


IOWA CITY (AP) -- The trial of the man accused of killing former Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas will test the resources of two small Iowa towns.

Jury selection in the first-degree murder trial of 24-year-old Mark Becker begins Monday in Shell Rock. The community of about 1,200 people is getting ready for a flood of court officials, potential jurors and the media.

The judge in the case has told owners of the town's two restaurants to be ready for hundreds of customers.

Because the case is so well known in Butler County, there's a chance an impartial jury can't be found and the trial could be moved to another county. If a jury is selected, the trial would held in the county seat of Allison, a city of about 1,000 people.

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