An Iowa man accused of stabbing his wife to death with with a corn rake, who denied involvement while claiming she accidentally fell on the rake prongs, is behind bars for murder.
The Des Moines Register reports 42-year-old Todd Mullis is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the 2018 death of his wife, Amy Mullis, 39. Amy was found with punctures on her body on November 10, at her Earlville property, off of the 1700 block of 255th Ave., where she lived with the suspect and their three children.
According to court documents, Amy’s 13-year-old son found his mother inside a shed on the property, barely clinging to life. After the boy yelled for his dad, Mullis reportedly called 911. He claimed they found Amy crouched over with a corn rake protruding from her back.
The suspect told authorities it was the first time Amy had been outside since having surgery and she had dizzy spells when moving around.
Mullis pulled the rake out of his wife’s back and started to drive her to a local hospital. An ambulance intercepted and drove Amy to Manchester Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Although Mullis told police he had a good relationship with his wife, they learned that Amy was apparently unhappy in the marriage and had at least two affairs. She reportedly told a friend that if Mullis caught her he would “throw her to the pigs.” A friend told police that Amy said she felt like a prisoner, trapped in the marriage.
According to court documents, Amy called a friend in October 2018, petrified and screaming that Mullis found out about her affair.
The Iowa Public Safety Department said that Todd Mullis had called 911 and said no one had seen what happened — that her death was unattended.
— The Courier (@wcfcourier) December 10, 2018
Further, while Mullis claimed Amy must have accidentally fell, a medical examiner said the victim had six puncture holes in her body, caused by the corn rake. The corn rake only has four prongs, meaning she likely did not fall accidentally on the rake.
A few days before her death, Mullis searched online via an iPad for “killing unfaithful women” and “organs in the body,” police said. Authorities also said Mullis feared losing his land if Amy divorced him. He reportedly told his mother-in-law that he “wasn’t going to lose the farm over this,” referring to Amy possibly leaving him.
Amy’s brother confirmed he had been storing furniture for her, as she planned to leave Mullis, but her plans were cut short when she was allegedly killed.
Mullins is behind bars at the Delaware County Jail with a $5 million cash bond.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Todd Mullis/Police Handout; Amy Mullis/Facebook]