The trial for a man accused of murdering his mother and kidnapping another woman began in Fort Dodge on Monday.
Jury selection for 21-year-old Kirk Levin’s trial is underway in Webster County Court.
Levin is accused of choking then fatally stabbing his mother in the town of Early in January. Police discovered her body while investigating the reported kidnapping of a 21-year-old woman who escaped from Levin.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Last week a judge denied a request by the defense to move the trial from Webster County because of media coverage of a recent kidnapping of two girls in the area. The Judge ruled that Levin will still be able to get a fair trial as long as his attorneys use precaution during jury selection.
The trial had already been moved from Sac County to Webster County because of media coverage of the initial incident.