Alleged kidnapping victim testifies in Iowa trial

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A woman who says she was kidnapped by a northwest Iowa man also accused of killing his mother has testified in his murder trial.

The Messenger in Fort Dodge reports (http://bit.ly/1b0Kh6y ) Jessica Vega, of Storm Lake, testified to a Webster County jury Tuesday after opening statements in the trial of 21-year-old Kirk Levin.

The 21-year-old Vega said Levin showed up at her home on the morning of Jan. 3 and asked her to drive to nearby Early. She said he later told her she was being kidnapped and tied her up with a rope.

Vega said she was able to escape when Levin drove the car into a ditch.

Levin is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Marilyn Schmitt. He also faces a third-degree kidnapping charge.

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Information from: The Messenger, http://www.messengernews.net

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