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Psychologist: Coach killing suspect not competent

Monday, September 14, 2009

MASON CITY -- A Fort Dodge psychologist says the man charged with killing an Iowa high school football coach has constant hallucinations and is not competent to stand trial.

Dan Rogers, a witness called by Mark Becker's public defender, testified Thursday morning in Cerro Gordo County District Court that Becker confuses facts with delusions and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Becker is charged with first-degree murder in the June shooting death of Aplington-Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas.

The hearing was held to determine whether Becker is mentally competent to stand trial.

Rogers says he didn't ask Becker what happened on the date Thomas was shot because it wasn't relevant to his diagnosis.

Trial is set for Sept. 15 in Butler County.

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