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Closing Arguments Set In Trial of Teen Charged With Killing Mother

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    April 3, 2014 | 1:52 pm
    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.