A farmer facing life in prison for the murder of his wife insisted that she died after falling on a corn rake.
Todd Mullis, 43, is on trial for allegedly killing his 39-year-old wife, Amy, who was found impaled to death on a rake by their 13-year-old son on November 8, 2018 in Earlville, Iowa.
Although Mullis initially claimed his wife died from a gruesome accident, prosecutors say he killed her to stop her from divorcing him and taking half of his land.
Todd was incredibly controlling of his wife, authorities say. His jealous behavior was so severe, that friends dubbed Amy POT, which was short for prisoner of Todd.
Detectives also said that Amy was seeing another man, who told police that Amy was scared to death of Todd. He also told authorities that Amy told him if (Todd) catches me, he might make me disappear.
Todds claims that his wifes death was a freak accident fell apart when authorities discovered six puncture wounds on her body after she died – which indicates repeated strikes with the farm tool that only has four prongs.
Jake Feuerhelm, Todds lawyer, did not object to the assertion that Amy had been viciously and deliberately murder, however he questioned whether his client was the person who carried out the murder.
Prosecutors said that Todd was furious that his wife had been having an affair and was planning to end their 14-year-marriage. He was afraid shed take millions of dollars from him if she filed for divorce, authorities said.
State Prosecutor Marie Hughes said Todd originally claimed his wifes death was an accident because He hoped people would feel sorry for him and not ask any more questions.
She continued: 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.
In August 2018, Amy reportedly told her brother, Jeff Fuller, that she planned to leave Todd after the crop season. She told Fuller that Todd bought a Read More – Source