Jury to Begin Deliberations in Osage Murder Trial

Noah Crooks sits next to defense attorney Trevor Hook before opening arguments on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (Arian Schuessler/The Globe Gazette)

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By Rachel Begle

CLARION, Iowa (AP) - A jury is scheduled to begin deliberations in the murder trial of an Osage teenager accused of shooting his mother to death.

The panel of seven women and five men will meet Wednesday morning in the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion to deliberate the trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks. He is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 24, 2012, killing of his 37-year-old mother, Gretchen.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the jury received the case Tuesday after closing arguments concluded. They selected a foreperson and went home.

A prosecutor says Noah was not insane during the shooting. Defense attorneys say Noah suffers from a disorder characterized by periods of extreme rage and violence.
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