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Noah Crooks Father Testifies

Posted at: 05/03/2013 5:44 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- After a brief hiatus Thursday due to the snow storm, the trial of 14-year-old Noah Crooks resumed Friday in Clarion, Iowa.

Crooks is accused of killing his mother and attempting to sexually assault her at the family’s home in Osage in March of last year.

Crooks is accused of killing his mother and attempting to sexually assault her at the family’s home in Osage in March of last year.

William Crooks struggled to keep his emotions in check throughout his testimony Friday, which focused in part on his son's relationship with his mother.

William Crooks testified that the two had a loving relationship, punctuated by intense arguments.

When asked if he had ever heard Noah threaten to kill his mother, he said he had.

“I guess I didn't take it as a threat at the time, but yes,” William Crooks said. “On a few occasions he said that he wished she was dead and in a ditch."

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys also focused on Noah’s mental health background.

His dad testified that Noah had been on medication for A.D.D. since he was 8 years old, and had occasional outbursts in class and on the school bus.

His troubles became more physical in fifth grade.

“He would pull all of the hair off his head, his eyebrows, his eyelashes, and he'd pull the hair off his legs,” William Crooks said. “His arms too. Anywhere that he had hair, he pulled it out.'"

William Crooks said Noah became more violent in recent years, breaking windows and using a knife to stab the wooden pillars, couch cushions, and doors in the family’s home.

William Crooks said the violent outbursts came out of the blue and were not planned, adding that often Noah could not remember why he had acted out, but always atoned for his actions.

The trial will resume in Wright County District Court on Monday morning.