Thursday, February 18, 2010
Mark Becker Trial Day 6: Defense Continues
As Mark Becker's ((pictured, thanks KWWL-TV)) attorneys continue to build his insanity defense in the murder of Ed Thomas, the defense played an video interview with Becker, recorded just hours after Thomas was shot.
Becker sits alone in the sheriff's office for more than 30 minutes, occasionally shouting about the Devil and Lucifer.
"Get back Ed. It's done, you're done. You're simply done...Ed Thomas, you are done. You are never coming back," Becker shouted in the video.
He also shouts about "being on the white side, not the dark side."
In an interview with the Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigations ((DCI)), Becker claims he did a "great and selfless thing," also saying it was an act of God. Becker told investigators that the only way for the children to be free was for Thomas to be gone.
Becker also told DCI agents he had felt dead nearly his entire life until that point, saying he felt awakened from the grave. He also told the agents he did not plan to hurt anyone else that day, and that he went into the weight room to make sure students were out of the way before he brought in the gun to killed Thomas.
In the video shown in court, Becker said, "It crossed my mind to take his family when I was drinking coffee. But, I decided against it right away. It must have been him in there. His force is that big. It felt so right and so true. I have no guilt or shame."
Becker told agents he never intended to run after the shooting, saying he knew he was caught. When agents asked him what should be done if he was charged with the crime, Becker finally said he just wanted to be accepted onto the "white team"- alluding to his desire to be on the "white side, not the dark side."
The trial resumes Friday morning at 9AM local time.
Jamie Grey gets to contend with emergency vehicles outside court today...