Amy Mullis, 39, died on the large Eastern Iowa farm she operated with her husband on Nov 10, 2018, the couple’s 13-year-old son was the one to find her with a corn rake impaled in her back
Her husband Todd Mullis is accused of the ‘murder of his wife with a corn rake’ after discovering she was having yet another affair
Todd Mullis, 43, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Amy, at their Earlville, Iowa farm in fuzzy circumstances
He was angry after discovering she was having yet another affair, prosecutors say
Todd was also allegedly fearful that he’d lose their farm if Amy divorced him, which he suspected she was planning
Amy had six puncture wounds and the tool only had four tines – Prosecutors say evidence shows she had been stabbed in the back with the fork,
They told police Amy was scared Todd would kill her and throw her to the pigs If I disappeared, “You’ll know Todd did something to me”‘ – Amy Mullis allegedly told a friend in August 2018
He did find out that his wife was having an affair
While Amy confided in a friend that she believed she’d get $2 million from a trust fund as well as half of the farm if she were to leave Todd.
However Todd who feared the financial repercussions if Amy were to divorce him, told Amy’s step-mother that he ‘wasn’t going to lose the farm over [Amy’s infidelity]’ – police
On Nov 6, four days before Amy’s death, Todd searched the internet for ‘organs of the body’ and looked at several anatomical diagrams of the human body
Todd Mullis, 43, was irate after discovering 39-year-old Amy Mullis was having an affair and fearful that he’d lose their farm if she divorced him, prosecutors say.
He is charged with first-degree murder after the couple’s 13-year-old son found his mother dead, impaled on a rake in a barn, on November 10 last year at the farm north of Earlville where the couple lived with their three children.
Todd was in court Tuesday Sept 17 at the start of his murder trial in the death of his wife Amy
Prosecutors say Todd Mullis [left] was irate over his wife Amy’s serial cheating. He allegedly also fearful that he’d lose their farm if they divorced, as she was planning
Amy Mullis, [photo, circa 2014], told her lover that she feared Todd would kill her and feed her to the pigs if he discovered her secret love affair
Todd Mullis had said that Amy had accidentally fallen on a corn rake, but prosecutors say medical evidence showed she had been stabbed in the back with it.
State Prosecutor Marie Hughes said Tuesday: ‘He hoped people would feel sorry for him and not ask any more questions.’
Todd Mullis’ attorneys do not dispute that Amy Mullis was killed but say there is reasonable doubt about who killed her, The Telegraph Herald reports.
Prosecutor Maureen Hughes said Tuesday that being a farmer meant everything to Todd Mullis, and he ‘had to find a way to keep that farm’.
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Defense attorney Gerald Feuerhelm agreed the farm was important to Todd Mullis, ‘but not so important that he would murder the mother of his children.’
But Amy’s friends are said to have called Todd ‘POT,’ short for ‘Prisoner of Todd’.
She is said to have told her brother she was fearful her husband of 14 years would ‘flip out’ when she filed for divorce.
And the coroner determined that while the corn rake had four tines, Amy had at least six puncture wounds, indicating she had been stabbed repeatedly.
Her death was ruled a homicide.
Todd Mullis, center, attends his first-degree murder trial at Dubuque County Courthouse in Iowa Tuesday. He is accused of killing his wife by stabbing her with a corn rake last year
Delaware County’s county attorney John Bernau, right, questions witness officer Eric Holub as he hands back a corn rake during the first-degree murder trial for Todd Mullis
Prosecutor Hughes told the court: ‘Being a farmer means everything to him. He has put his life into that farm. The defendant had to find a way to keep his farm.’
Family photos from Facebook show what appears to be a happy family, doting over their
children as they showed off hunting trophies and awards for gymnastics and 4-H club.
However, Todd is said to have revealed a darker side to the marriage in interviews with police, admitting that he had caught his wife in an affair with another man in 2013.
At first, Todd insisted that he had never had a reason to suspect his wife of another affair, and that they had patched things up and had a strong relationship at the time of her death. But investigators said that was not the case.