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Mistake Changes Tone of Crooks Trial

Posted at: 04/01/2013 3:28 PM
Updated at: 04/01/2013 4:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Evidence in the trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks has been called into question. Crooks attorney confirms law enforcement did not get written permission from Crooks father to question his son. As required by Iowa law.

Crooks is charged with first degree murder, accused of shooting his mother Gretchen to death at their home in Osage in March 2012. He also faces a first degree assault charge with intent to commit sexual abuse.

On the night of the incident, Crooks called a Mitchell County Dispatcher and admitted to the murder. The dispatcher then called a deputy and the Mitchell County Sheriff to respond to the home.

When the Crooks father William arrived home, one of the deputies spoke to William and asked for permission to speak to Noah. That deputy says William gave him verbal permission but it was never put in writing.

Noah also asked to speak with a “counselor” while being questioned and his defense attorney said that meant he wanted to speak with a lawyer. Without one present, any statements made by Noah after that could be ruled inadmissible.

Judge James Drew will rule on today’s motion by early next week.

A trial date is set for April 30th at 9 a.m. at the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion.