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An Iowa hog farmer, was found guilty of fatally stabbing his wife with a corn rake, after prosecutors argued that he was furious at her secret love affair.
Todd Mullis, 43, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old woman, Amy Mullis, following a six-day trial, the Telegraph Herald reported.
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Amy Mullis, was stabbed with a large rake, on Dec. 10, at the couple’s farm, located about 40 miles west of Dubuque, authorities said. The couple’s 14-year-old son, his mother, was found impaled on a rake in the shed, after Mullis asked him to check on her, according to the paper.
In a jury deliberation of less than eight hours before finding Mullis guilty of first-degree murder of his wife.
(Jessica Reilly/the Telegraph Herald via AP)
Jerry Frasher, farm, field manager, testified last week that he was having an affair with Amy Mullis, and that she was scared to death he was afraid of her husband.
“She told me that she felt like a slave or a hostage area,” Frasher of proportion. She said that she would like (to He). For a moment, and she told me that if he ever found one (on the stand) and it would go away.”
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Search the Internet to Mullis’ iPad, it showed phrases such as “the killing of unfaithful wives,” “what have you done with the cheating spouses in the historic Aztec tribes,” and “I have the screen to kill adulterers,” authorities said. Mullis has refused to perform the search.
Mullis claimed that his wife was from a recent medical procedure, it accidentally fell on the corn-hark, the Herald reported. However, an autopsy found her body and had six puncture wounds and ruled the death a homicide.
Todd Mullis, and Amy Mullis in September 2016, with a photo posted on Facebook.
The defense argued that Amy Mullis was startled by someone else in the farm’s barn, which gored her in the back while Todd Mullis was working in a nearby barn and their son.
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Members of the jury their verdict, after deliberation of the nearly eight hours over two days.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.