Iowa man pleads not guilty to slaying, kidnapping

Kirk Levin

EARLY, Iowa — A 21-year-old Iowa man pleaded not guilty to charges of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman.

Kirk Levin submitted a written plea Monday. He faces charges of first-degree murder and third-degree kidnapping.

Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed his mother, Marilyn Schmitt, at her farmhouse in Early on Jan. 3. They say he then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman, tied her up and put her in the trunk of a car. The woman escaped after Levin drove into a ditch.

Levin had been released from prison days before the crimes after serving time on burglary charges. Gov. Terry Branstad's spokesman has defended the state's release of Levin. — AP

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