Trial Delayed for Man Accused of Killing Mother, Kidnapping Another Woman


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

EARLY, Iowa —A trial has been delayed for a 21-year-old northwest Iowa man who's accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.

The Sioux City Journal says Kirk Levin's trial is now scheduled to begin on June 3. It had been scheduled to begin April 10.

Levin's attorney asked for the delay so he could complete depositions and file pretrial motions.

Levin is charged with first-degree murder and third-degree kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed his mother, Marilyn Schmitt, at her farmhouse in Early on Jan. 3.

They say he then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman who he tied up and put in the trunk of a car. The woman escaped after Levin drove into a ditch.

Levin had been released from prison days earlier after serving time for burglary.
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