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VENUE CHANGE: Levin Murder Trial Moved

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The trial of a northwest Iowa man charged with killing his mother and kidnapping a young woman has been moved because of pre-trial publicity.

A change of venue request was granted Tuesday by a district judge, moving 21-year-old Kirk Levin’s trial to Fort Dodge in Webster County.

Levin is accused of killing his mother, 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt, by stabbing and choking her at her home in rural Early on January 3rd. Schmitt’s body was discovered during an investigation into the reported kidnapping of a 21-year-old woman who was able to free herself from Levin.

Levin is charged with first degree murder and third degree kidnapping. His trial is scheduled to begin June 3rd.