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Attorney: Alleged US coach shooter incompetent

Attorney: Alleged US coach shooter incompetent

The defense attorney for a man accused of killing a high school football coach in a room full of students says her client suffers from hallucinations and is not competent to stand trial.
Coach Ed Thomas was fatally shot on June 24 in a weight room in front of about 20 students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa. Twenty-four-year-old Mark Becker, a former player, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying.
Becker's attorney, public defender Susan Flanders, filed documents Tuesday indicating Becker has undergone a psychological evaluation and the doctor believes Becker is not competent for trial.
A spokesman for the Iowa attorney general's office said it would ask the court for a separate evaluation.


Updated : 2021-07-29 17:31 GMT+08:00