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BECKER TRIAL: Prosecution rests

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ALLISON (KWWL) -- The prosecution has rested after two days of testimony in the murder trial of Mark Becker.

Becker is facing first degree murder charges in the shooting of Aplington-Parkersburg teacher and coach Ed Thomas. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Prosecutors showed a video tape of Becker just hours after the murder. Division of Criminal Investigations agent who interviewed Becker said Becker's demeanor did not match his words. According to the agent, Becker said he was happy. But, the agent described Becker as sad, even saying Becker was slumped over in his chair and cried during the interview.

During the interview, Becker described the series of events leading up to the murder, saying he believed Thomas to be a devil tyrant who was hurting people. Becker told the agent that after shooting Thomas he said, "You're free, it's done." Also during the interview, Becker describes elation over shooting Thomas, even telling agents, "I feel so sane right now. So straight-edged and right...and drug-free...I feel so much better."

The State Medical Examiner also testified about Thomas' injuries, including the placement of gunshot 6-7 gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma to Thomas' head, chest and right leg.

The prosecution rested on Tuesday afternoon. The defense asked for an acquittal, saying the state had not proved its case. The judge overruled the motion.

You can follow reporter Jamie Grey's live updates from the courtroom on our trial coverage page. You can also watch live streaming video when court is in session.

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