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Posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Iowa hospital treated suspect shortly before coach was shot


NIGEL DUARA
Associated Press Writer

PARKERSBURG, Iowa An Iowa hospital says it treated a 24-year-old man brought in by law enforcement officials and released him shortly before he allegedly gunned down his former football coach.

Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo said in a statement Thursday that its staff was not asked to notify authorities before releasing Mark Becker.

Becker was arrested Saturday after allegedly threatening a Cedar Falls homeowner with a bat and leading police on a high-speed car chase. Cedar Falls police say they asked to be notified when Becker could leave the hospital.

The hospital did not say what days it treated Becker, but state officials have said he was released Tuesday.

Becker is charged with murdering Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas on Wednesday.