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BECKER TRIAL: Jurors get reminders before weekend recess


ALLISON (KWWL) -- After another day of deliberations, a stalemated jury received reminders from Judge Stephen Carroll before heading home for the weekend.

Jurors will return to the Butler County Courthouse on Monday at 10 a.m.

Judge Carroll reminded jurors to avoid media coverage or any external research of the case.

On Friday, jurors sent a note to Judge Carroll asking what would happen if Mark Becker was found legally insane. Judge Carroll responded that jurors did not need to concern themselves with the potential consequences of their decision. Carroll added the consequences of the verdict is a matter for the court and not for the jury.

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

Deliberations started on Wednesday afternoon following closing statements.

If the jury cannot reach a decision, the judge can declare a mistrial. The trial would likely start again with a new jury.

We will bring you the verdict live on-air and online once it is reached.

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