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Iowa Court of Appeals Upholds Mullis’ Murder Conviction

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of an Earlville man found guilty of killing his wife.

Todd Mullis was convicted by a Dubuque County jury in September 2019 of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Amy. She was fatally stabbed in the back with a corn rake on their farm in November 2018.

Mullis appealed shortly after his sentencing in September 2020 — saying there was not enough evidence to show he was the one who attacked Amy in a hog barn and killed her with the corn rake. His appeal was heard last month by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

The Court of Appeals disagreed — saying there was ample evidence presented that Mullis was the only one who could have killed his wife –and that he had a motive because he was suspicious she was having an affair and did not want to lose his farming operation in a divorce.

Mullis is currently serving a life sentence in prison.


story contribution courtesy of Radio Iowa; archived photo from 2020 sentencing


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