Brammer, Robert [AG]

From:         RBrammer@ag.state.ia.us

Sent:          Wednesday, July 01, 2009 7:58 AM
To:††††† †††††   Reporters following Mark Becker Prosecution

Subject:††† Trial information filed naming Mark D. Becker in Edward Thomas murder
Attachments: Parkersburg Becker two Trial Informations 6-30-09.pdf

To news editors.

From Bob Brammer, Iowa Attorney Generalís Office, 515-281-6699.               [Go To Trial Information]

Please find attached a Trial Information that was filed late Tuesday afternoon in Butler County DistrictCourt in Allison, accusing Mark Daryl Becker of the crime of murder in the first degree, in the death ofEdward Thomas on June 24, 2009.

As the Trial Information indicates, District Court Judge Stephen Carroll set arraignment for 9:30 a.m.,Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, at the District Courtroom, Butler County Courthouse in Allison, Iowa.

Judge Carroll continued Beckerís cash-only bond in the amount of $1 million.Becker is being held at theCerro Gordo County Jail in Mason City.Beckerís date of birth is 6-3-85.In Iowa, the crime of murder inthe first degree is punishable by life in prison.

The prosecution is being handled cooperatively by the Butler County Attorney and the Iowa AttorneyGeneralís Office (at the request of the Butler County Attorney.)

A Trial Information also was filed Tuesday in Butler County District Court, accusing Mark D. Becker of the crime of Eluding or Attempting to Elude While Participating in a Felony on June 20, 2009.(The attached Trial Information contains a few more details of the allegations.)†† The alleged crime is a Class D felony,punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $750 to $7,500.

I believe that is about all the information we may provide at this time.We always note that a criminalcharge is merely an accusation, and a suspect or defendant is considered innocent until and unlessproven guilty in a court of law.

Bob Brammer, Iowa Attorney Generalís Office. ††515-281-6699, RBrammer@ag.state.ia.us