Jury Finds Levin Guilty of Murder, Kidnapping

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, last week in her rural Early, Iowa, home. (AP Photo/Carroll Daily Times Herald, Jared Strong)


By Ellen Kurt

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Jurors have returned a guilty verdict in the trial of a northwest Iowa man accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.

A Webster County jury on Thursday convicted 21-year-old Kirk Levin of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Marilyn Schmitt. He also was found guilty of third-degree kidnapping in the case of Jessica Vega, a woman he met online.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports jurors deliberated for about two hours. Sentencing is scheduled for July.

Charles Kenville, Levin's attorney, had argued the state failed to prove Schmitt's death was premeditated. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Doug Hammerand said it was an intentional act.

Levin's trial began Tuesday, and included testimony from Vega and a law enforcement official who later found Schmitt's body.
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