The attorney for a man accused in the shooting death of an Iowa high school football coach has waived his client’s right to a speedy trial. Mark Becker is charged with first-degree murder for the June 24th death of Aplington-Parkersburg teacher and coach Ed Thomas. Becker’s attorney has filed a motion in Butler County Court waiving a request for a speedy trial, meaning the trial be held within 90 days.
That 90 day count was suspended while a judge heard arguments about Becker’s competency. The judge ruled Becker is competent to stand trial, which started the clock again on the original 90 days. Becker’s attorney is now requesting the trial be held sometime before January 30.