An Earlville man’s murder trial begins Monday in Dubuque County.
Todd Mullis is charged with First Degree Murder in the death of his wife, Amy. He has pleaded not guilty.
Mullis is accused of fatally stabbing her in the back with a corn rake on their farm near Earlville last November. He reported her death was unattended and authorities initially believed she suffered the injuries in an accidental fall. But after an autopsy was performed, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner determined her death was a homicide.
Mullis was arrested in February. Since then, he has been held in the Buchanan County Jail on five million dollars cash-only bond.
His trial was originally set for May 13th in Delaware County District Court and then rescheduled for August 19th, but it was pushed back a third time after his request for a change of venue was granted. Mullis’ attorneys argued that the case’s widespread publicity would prejudice a potential jury and prevent him from receiving a fair trial in Delaware County.
Monday’s trial will begin with jury selection. Delaware County Attorney John Bernau tells us that witness testimony is expected to start Tuesday, with the State anticipating two days for their witnesses.
KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker will be in the courtroom covering the trial all week. She’ll have a recap for you each day on the KMCH Local News.