Levin pleads not guilty to murder charge

SAC CITY – An Early man charged with murder in the death of his mother has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kirk R. Levin, 21, is accused of stabbing and choking his mother during the early morning on Jan. 3.

No trial date had been set as of Monday afternoon, but the Sac County attorney’s office was expecting a judge to decide on a date today.

He remains in the Sac County Jail on $1 million bond.

Levin allegedly killed his mother, Marilyn Schmitt, 45, in her farmhouse at 2242 Ira Ave. in Early. He had been released from prison on a burglary conviction less than 36 hours before the alleged murder.

In a separate case, Levin is also accused of kidnapping a 21-year-old Storm Lake woman several hours after the crime in Early.

Levin allegedly went to the woman’s house and asked her for a ride. At some point, according to the criminal compaint, Levin told the woman that she was being kidnapped and refused to let her leave the car. The woman told police she was taken to Schmitt’s house at one point during the incident.

She eventually got away from Levin and was able to call the police.

Levin is being held on $200,000 bond in that case.