Jury selection expected to begin in western IA murder case

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June 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Jury selection is expected to begin today (Monday), for a 21-year-old western Iowa man accused of killing his mother in Early and kidnapping another woman. The trial will be held in Webster County despite a late attempt by the lawyer for Kirk Levin to move it to another county. Levin’s trial had been moved from Sac County to Webster County, but attorney Charles Kenville said Friday that another move was needed because of the abduction of two girls May 20 near Dayton, which is in Webster County.

Kenville says that case would influence Webster County jurors. But Judge Timothy Finn disagreed and said Levin could get a fair trial as long as attorneys take extra precautions during jury selection.