Kirk Levin, 21, makes his initial appearance with defense attorney Chuck Kenville for a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing his mother last week.
Kirk Levin, 21, makes his initial appearance with defense attorney Chuck Kenville for a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing his mother last week.
SAC CITY - Kirk Levin choked, stabbed with a knife and killed his mother last week just before he kidnapped a woman he intended to sexually assault, Sac County investigators allege.

Levin, 21 - who was released a week ago from an eastern Iowa prison, went to live with his biological mother, Marilyn Schmitt, 45, in her rural Early house, and allegedly killed her two days later - made his initial court appearance this morning for a first-degree murder charge for the incident.

She was found dead in an upstairs bedroom of the house at 2242 Ira Ave.

Levin allegedly killed her between 1:30 and 5:45 a.m. Thursday, court records show.

"Kirk Levin admits to law enforcement that he was the only one who could have killed the victim," Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure wrote in the criminal complaint against Levin, who "admitted that he choked his mother and that he had to have killed her."

A State Medical Examiner's autopsy revealed that she died from stab wounds. McClure said Levin used a knife.

County Attorney Ben Smith declined to say whether the woman had been sexually assaulted.

Levin will be held in Sac County Jail on $1 million bond because he "does pose a significant threat" to the community, Magistrate Judge Warren Bush ruled today.

Smith declined to say whether Levin had planned to assault or kill anyone else.

Schmitt was found dead after the botched kidnapping of a 21-year-old Storm Lake woman, whom officials have declined to identify.

Levin was released on Jan. 1 from Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility and faces three felony charges for allegedly kidnapping the woman, who was an acquaintance, Thursday morning.

Investigators allege that Levin went to the woman's home about 6:30 a.m. and asked for a ride to the rural Early house, where he coaxed her into a barn and bound her with rope. He allegedly later put her in the backseat of a car and drove too fast on an ice- and snow-covered gravel road, lost control of the vehicle and went into a ditch.

A passerby farmer stopped to help at about 8 a.m., the victim shouted for help, and Levin allegedly fled. He was found about 40 minutes later several miles northwest of Early near a barn.

Defense Attorney Charles Schulte, who appeared with Levin in his initial court hearing on Friday, told a judge that Levin's relatives will not post bond to get him out of jail, regardless of the amount.