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An Affair, Then Murder on an Iowa Hog Farm

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
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Todd Mullis, 43, looks around the courtroom before the start of his murder trial on Wednesday in Dubuque, Iowa.   (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
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(Newser) – On Nov. 10 of last year, an Iowa man called 911 around noon. Todd Mullis said he sent his 13-year-old son to check on his wife, and the boy found Amy Mullis in a shed at their Earlville hog farm with a corn rake impaled in her back. She was pronounced dead at a local medical center, and Todd told investigators that she must have fallen onto the rake. Two days later, Amy's death was recorded as a homicide. In a February article on Todd's subsequent arrest, the Des Moines Register reported that the Iowa Medical Examiner's Office noted that while the rake had four prongs, there were six puncture wounds in the 39-year-old's back. Todd, 43, went on trial this week in Dubuque for first-degree murder and faces up to life if convicted. The latest:

  • The Register cited charging documents that showed investigators discovered a series of searches on an iPad Todd owned made four days before Amy died. Among them: "organs in the body," "killing unfaithful women," and "what happened to cheating spouses in historic Aztec tribes."
  • As for the unfaithful part, Amy had been having an affair since late spring of 2018. Jerry Frasher, the 49-year-old field manager for the Mullis' farm, on Wednesday testified that he had limited communication with Amy over the seven years he oversaw the farm, but that changed by early June. It was then that they engaged in a sexual relationship, seeing each other about once a week, reports the Telegraph Herald.

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