Jury deliberations are starting this morning in the murder case of a Mitchell County teenager. Prosecutors are saying a 14-year-old Osage boy was a cold-blooded murderer and was not insane at the time he shot his mother multiple times.
They made that assertion during closing arguments in the case of Noah Crooks, who is accused of the March 2012 shooting death and attempted rape of his mother, 37-year-old Gretchen Crooks. His defense attorney has claimed that Noah Crooks suffers from a condition called intermittent explosive disorder, characterized by periods of extreme rage and violence.
A jury at the Wright County Courthouse is deciding the case after the trial was moved from Mitchell County to Clarion due to excessive pre-trial publicity.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City