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An Affair, Then Murder on an Iowa Hog Farm - Page 2

Prosecutors allege Todd Mullis killed wife Amy in November
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2019 9:15 AM CDT
Updated Sep 22, 2019 10:20 AM CDT

  • But a month later, Frasher says Todd questioned him over a phone bill that showed 100-plus texts between Frasher and Amy. He assured Todd they were just talking about farm logistics, and Todd spoke with Frasher's wife as well. "Two days later, he called us both back and apologized," said Frasher, who added that Todd asked that he stop texting Amy. The two switched to email, says Frasher, and last messaged at 10:14am on the day she died.
  • KCRG reports the state medical examiner also testified Wednesday and detailed additional injuries to Amy's face, hands, and knees. Dr. Kelly Kruse said the puncture wounds suggested Amy was struck at least twice with the rake. "Those four wounds went back to front, right to left, and downward. The leftmost also went back to front, right to left, but they went upward."
  • The Washington Post reports Todd's attorney isn't disputing that Amy was murdered. But in opening statements on Tuesday, Jake Feuerhelm said there was reason to doubt Todd was the killer.
  • Prosecutors say Todd didn't just kill out of jealousy and anger over the affair, but had a financial motive, too: If she left him, he could lose half the farm and millions in a divorce settlement.
  • Patricia Christopherson, a friend of Amy's, testified that Amy confided in her that she wanted to leave Todd but was scared of him, "and if he found out about the affair, he would kill her," per the Telegraph Herald. The Post reports some friends referred to Amy as "POT": that's "Prisoner of Todd." And Amy's brother on Tuesday testified that she told him a few months before her death she intended to file for divorce once the season's crop had been harvested.
  • KMCH reports the trial is expected to last through the end of the week.
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