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Court upholds Mark Becker's conviction

Updated: September 8, 2011, 1:24 PM ET
Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An appeals court on Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a mentally ill man who shot and killed a beloved high school football coach, rejecting arguments that jurors were given improper instructions about his insanity defense.

Mark Becker, 26, had argued that he was legally insane when he shot Aplington-Parkersburg High School coach Ed Thomas in June 2009. A jury found Becker guilty last year and rejected his insanity defense. He was sentenced to life ...

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