Crooks Trial Goes to Jury

Posted at: 05/07/2013 6:43 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 10:17 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's now up to a 7-woman, 5-man jury to decide the fate of Noah Crooks.

This afternoon, the jury got the case of the Osage, Iowa boy accused of shooting his mother more than 20 times when he was just 13-years-old.

The prosecution and the defense agree on one thing, Noah Crooks shot his mother to death on March 24th of last year.

But they part company when it comes to the factors that led up to that night.

Prosecutors describe the death of Gretchen Crooks as a pre-meditated murder and say Noah Crooks planned to shoot his mother earlier in the evening, but didn't because her back was turned to him.

"He had to go down the stairs and make a decision, do I shoot her now or do i wait. so then he goes back up the stairs and he waits,” prosecuting attorney Denise Timmins told jurors in her closing arguments.

In HIS closing statement, defense attorney William Kutmus  cited testimony from child psychiatrist Dr. Donner Dewdney, who met with Noah Crooks four times after the shooting and came to the conclusion that Crooks suffers from a mood-disorder called "intermittent explosive disorder", which is characterized by sudden, violent outbursts.

"When Noah is in the middle of a rage there is no capacity, no room for him to thing about whether this act is right or wrong," Dewdney explained during his testimony on Monday.

Prosecutor Denise Timmins told jurors Noah Crooks had numerous chances to stop the shooting before it happened, but didn’t: "The last thing that she saw before she died was her own son raising a gun at her and pulling the trigger."

Jury deliberations  begin tomorrow morning, and ABC 6 news will be there, and will bring you the verdict as soon as it's reached.