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Verdict In on Corn Rake Murder in America's Heartland

Hog farmer Todd Mullis convicted of killing wife Amy in Iowa
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2019 12:39 PM CDT
Todd Mullis before the start of his murder trial Sept. 18, 2019, in Dubuque, Iowa.   (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)

(Newser) – An Iowa hog farmer on trial for murdering his wife has heard his fate. CNN and the Washington Post report that Todd Mullis was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury Monday in a Dubuque County courtroom, despite his initial claim that Amy Mullis died in November 2018 after accidentally falling on a corn rake while she was doing chores. Coroners determined just two days after she was found that her death was a homicide. Prosecutors argued that Mullis was furious after finding out about an affair his wife was having with Jerry Frasher, a field manager on the family's Earlville farm. The guilty verdict—which the Telegraph Herald reports the jury deliberated on for nearly eight hours—brings with it a mandatory life sentence without parole. Mullis' attorney says he'll appeal. (More on the case here.)

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