Prosecutors began laying out their case on Tuesday against an Early man accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.
The trial of 21-year-old Kirk Levin got underway Monday in Fort Dodge. The prosecution began calling witnesses on Tuesday morning including Levin’s grandmother, Sandra Schmitt, alleged kidnapping victim Jessica Vega, and a responding sheriff.
Vega told the jury she met Levin online and he asked her for a ride because he ran out of gas. When he made attempts to kidnap her, she says she thought he was joking at first, but quickly realized he was serious.
The prosecution also says Levin admitted to killing his mother Marilyn Schmitt, when questioned by investigators.
Levin’s defense attorney then told the jury that they have no plans to contest the evidence, but the real issue will be Levin’s state of mind at the time of the killing.
The trial is expected to last about a week.