Judge Presides Over Evidentiary Hearing in Crooks’ Trial

Noah Crooks

MASON CITY, Iowa – A north Iowa teenager accused of killing his mother is back in court as prosecutors and the defense haggle over evidence.

The Noah Crooks case is headed for trial later this month.

But first,Judge James Drew has the task of deciding what evidence jury members will see, and what will be held back during Noah Crooks’ trial.

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Much of what’s at stake revolves around the father never giving written permission for law enforcement to talk to the boy about what he may have done.

“There was a bunch of witnesses that were called that will testify about, they testified about things that my client, Noah Crooks, had stated and the issue is what’s admissible and what’s not admissible,” says Crooks’ Attorney, Bill Kutmus.

Crooks is accused of killing his mother, Gretchen Crooks last March.

Court records show Noah admitted to law enforcement that he killed Gretchen, but Kutmus is making a motion to suppress much of that evidence. He says he is making some objections similar to a motion to suppress.

Judge Drew tells KIMT News 3 that he will make the decision regarding the evidence as soon as he can. Kutmus says it’s difficult to tell at this point what will happen.

“I have no idea what the judge is going to do, all I know is what I have asserted and it’s up to the court obviously. We’ll live with whatever the decision is,” adds Kutmus.

I reached out to Prosecutor Mark Walk but was unable to get in contact with him for a comment.

Kutmus tells me he expects the judge to have a decision made within a week.

The trial of Noah Crooks is set to begin on April 30th.

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