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Man found guilty of murdering Ed Thomas takes appeal to Iowa Supreme Court

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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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