CLARION — A Wright County jury heard 14-year-old Noah Crooks admit to shooting his mother more than 20 times and trying to rape her as testimony in the teen’s murder trial got under way Wednesday afternoon.
Crooks is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the death of his mother, Gretchen, 37, at the family’s Osage home.
The prosecution began its case by playing a recording of a 911 call Crooks made on the night of March 24, 2012, to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.
“I’m not joking at all. She’s dead. I’m scared. I killed my mom with my .22. I don’t know why I did it,” he told dispatcher Barb Michael with the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.
He repeated that several times in the course of the 10-minute conversation.
“I feel crazy and I know I’m not. I think I have some form of ADD,” Crooks said during the call.
“I tried to rape her. I tried to rape her but I couldn’t do it.”
He rambled on for several minutes as the dispatcher contacted deputies and dispatched an ambulance.
“Tell them my weapon is empty. I just wish it was a dream so I could wake up and I could kiss her and hug her.”
He said his mother made homemade doughnuts for him that night and he couldn’t believe he killed her after she did that for him.
Crooks continued talking about playing the violent video game, “Call of Duty.” He told the dispatcher his mother took away the game because he got some bad grades.
“Something just came over me,” he said.
“I’m going to have to move away. I’m never going to be able to get a good job now.”
He spendt several more minutes talking about how he would never be able to marry his eighth-grade girlfriend or get into a good college.
“That goes down the drain now. I’m going to have to move. I am going to go to jail.
“I tried rape my own mom. Who tries to rape their own mom? My life is down the drain now.”
The dispatcher told him deputies were on the way.
“They’re not going to shoot me or (expletive deleted) are they?” he asked.
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeff Huftalin and Greg Halbach testified about finding the victim stretched out on a corner of a sectional sofa. Her torso was riddled with bullets. Her pajama top was open and she was nude from the waist down.
In his opening statement, defense attorney William Kutmus said a child psychiatrist will testify that Crooks suffers from intermittent explosive disorder, a behavioral disorder characterized by repeated episodes of impulsive, aggressive or violent behavior.
Kutmus said about three hours before the murder Gretchen Crooks had taken away the video game controller from Noah, possibly sparking the shooting.
Testimony will resume at 9 a.m. today in Wright County District Court in Clarion.