Closing Arguments Set In Trial of Teen Charged With Killing Mother

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By Richard Pratt

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin in the case of a rural Osage teenager accused of shooting his mother to death.

Testimony ended Thursday in the trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks in Wright County District Court in Clarion. He's 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 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the teen is relying on an insanity defense.

A prosecution psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Taylor of Des Moines, testified Thursday that Noah wasn't suffering from a diagnosable mental illness when the shooting occurred.

Defense psychiatrist Dr. Donner Dewdney, of Des Moines, says Noah suffered from a disorder that resulted in periods of rage.

After closing arguments, jurors will begin deliberating the case.
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