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Becker can stand trial in Thomas death

Updated: October 9, 2009, 7:33 AM ET
Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A judge ruled Monday that the man accused of gunning down a longtime Iowa high school football coach is mentally competent to stand trial.

Mark D. Becker, 24, can appreciate the first-degree murder charges against him, understand the proceedings and assist with his defense, according to an order filed by Butler County District Judge Stephen Carroll.

Becker had been scheduled to stand trial last month in the June shooting death of Aplington-Parkersburg ...

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