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CLARION, Iowa – It’s day four of the murder trial of a north Iowa teenager. Noah Crooks is accused of killing his mother Gretchen in their Osage home in March of 2012.
Monday the focus in the courtroom is the mental state of the teenager at the time of the shooting.
For the defense a child psychiatrist testifies that he believes Noah suffers from a serious mental disorder called IED, Intermittent Explosive Disorder. It’s disorder in which those suffering have no control over their actions for short periods of time.
“The thought process are to act,” Dr. Donner Dewdney. “But with not understanding the consequences and the right and wrong issues?” said Noah’s defense attorney Bill Kutmus. “There’s no room for those thoughts, there’s only one thought and that’s to follow the burn,” continued Dr. Dewdney.
But a psychiatrist for the state is completely disagreeing with that saying Noah does not suffer from any mental disorders.
“At the time of the shooting and at the present time he is not was not and is not suffering from any sort of diagnosable mental health disorder,” said Dr. Michael Taylor.
Based on an interview Dr. Taylor conducted with Noah after the shooting last March, he says that the 14-year old didn’t think he needed his mother and thought he could get away with killing her.
The conflicting testimony caused some tension between Noah’s attorney Bill Kutmus and Dr. Taylor.
Noah’s father William is called back to the stand after Dr. Taylor said in his testimony that there was a lack of discipline in the Crooks’ house hold.
“He pretty much got punished for everything that he did wrong,” claimed William Crooks.
When all is said and done both the state and defense rest their case. The defense did make a motion for acquittal but it was denied by Judge Drew.
Despite some weather delays things are moving right along. The evidentiary portion of the trial has concluded and tomorrow the judge will give the jury their instructions and they will hear closing arguments.
Be sure to stay with KIMT News 3 for coverage of the remainder of the trial.