MASON CITY, IA – Noah Crooks’ attorney Bill Kutmus said they will be pushing for a plea of insanity next week in Clarion. He emphasized that even if the jury happened to rule in Crooks’ favor, he would still be placed in an institution for psychiatric evaluation.
“In the event that a jury finds Noah not guilty by a reason of insanity our position is that he wouldn’t be freed at all. There’s a whole process. He’d be instituted in a state medical facility from time to time,” said Kutmus.
The judge also said that the state will need to reduce the number of photos they use in the trial from the hundreds that were taken at the scene. However, Kutmus said he will object to those photographs that the defense feels are too grisly to be presented in court. The trial for Noah Crooks is set to begin on April 29th in Clarion.