Closing Arguments Begin In Trial Of Iowa Man Accused of Killing Mother

Kirk Levin, 21, makes his initial appearance with defense attorney Chuck Kenville in Sac City, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Levin was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing his mother, Marilyn Schmitt, 45, in her rural Early, Iowa, home. (AP Photo/Carroll Daily Times Herald, Jared Strong)


By Richard Pratt

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Closing arguments have begun in the case of a northwest Iowa man accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports attorneys gave closing arguments Thursday in Webster County. Both sides finished presenting evidence Wednesday.

Kirk Levin, of Early, is charged with first-degree murder in the January death of Marilyn Schmitt. He also faces third-degree kidnapping for allegedly abducting 21-year-old Jessica Vega, a woman he met online.

Jurors have heard testimony for several days, including from Vega and a law enforcement official who later found Schmitt's body.

On Wednesday, prosecutors showed two videotaped interviews where Levin confessed to killing his mother and kidnapping Vega but also denied it.

Levin declined to testify on his own behalf.
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