After 7 days of testimony and more than 25 hours of deliberation, a Butler County has found Mark Becker guilty of 1st degree murder in the shooting of Aplington-Parkersburg football coach and teacher Ed Thomas.More >>
Lawyers of Mark Becker argued jurors were given incorrect instructions about the legal definition of insane. On Thursday, The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled the wording of one instruction was incorrect, but say jurors were given another instruction later that correctly defined what is insanity.More >>
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Mark Becker was found guilty of the first degree murder in the 2009 death of Aplington-Parkersburg teacher and head football coach Ed Thomas. Becker is appealing the conviction.
Becker contends the district court erred in several ways during the trial. Court documents show that Becker's attorney will argue to the Iowa Supreme Court that the district court submitted a flawed jury instruction which defined the elements of his insanity defense.
The other arguments include an overruling on his requested instruction informing the jury about the consequences of a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, as well as ordering him to pay restitution for the cost of legal assistance in excess of statue-based fee limitations.
The oral arguments will be presented to the Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday on the campus Drake University.
The Iowa Court of Appeals previously affirmed the district court.
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