A 21-year-old man released from prison less than two days earlier and charged in an alleged kidnap scheme on Thursday has now been accused in the stabbing death of his mother.
Preliminary autopsy findings from the State Medical Examiner's Office announced Monday afternoon show that 45-year-old Marilyn Schmitt of Early died of "sharp force" injuries in an upstairs bedroom of her rural Early home in the early morning hours Thursday, Jan. 3. Her death was ruled a homicide following the test results, Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said.
Schmitt was found dead by law enforcement officials in the bedroom of the white farmhouse at 2242 Ira Ave., later Thursday. Preliminary investigative findings indicate Schmitt was killed sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 5:45 a.m. Her son, Kirk Riley Levin has been charged with Murder in the 1st degree.
A copy of the criminal complain obtained by the Pilot-Tribune alleges that Levin has admitted to officers that he had choked his mother, and that he was the only one who could have killed her.
The complaint claims the murder was performed with deliberately, with premeditation.
Levin had just been released from a Mount Pleasant prison January 1 after serving a burglary sentence. He was arrested on January 3, after allegedly attempting to kidnap a 21-year-old female acquaintance from Storm Lake. He was in Storm Lake by 6:30 a.m., going to the house of the young woman and telling her his car was broken down and he needed a ride back to Early. There he reportedly lured her into a barn on his mother's property, told her he was kidnapping her, tied her, and forced her into a car. After he ran the vehicle into a ditch and a passing farmer stopped to investigate, the woman escaped, and officers using a tracking dog soon found Levin hiding in a bar about a half a mile from where the car skidded off the road.
Sheriff McClure said he feels certain that the kidnap victim's life had been in jeopardy. The kidnap was not related to the murder of Levin's mother, he says.
Levin remains in the Sac County Jail on $200,000 bond and is due to appear in court today. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation.