It’s been nearly one year since Todd Mullis was found guilty of murdering his wife.
And today, a judge will hear his request for a new trial. If denied, the judge will proceed with Mullis’ sentencing.
Mullis’ wife, Amy, was fatally stabbed with a corn rake on their farm near Earlville in November 2018. He was convicted by a twelve-member jury in Dubuque County last September and has been in the Buchanan County Jail ever since.
Soon after the trial last fall, Mullis’ attorneys filed a motion for a new trial, listing several reasons for the request. They argue that the weight of the evidence was contrary to the verdict. They say Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Hemesath was not a qualified expert for purposes of introducing the internet searches and that he provided improper hearsay testimony. And they also argue that Mullis never said “cheating whore” in the 911 call while attempting CPR on Amy. They also say the defendant’s attorneys went against Mullis’ wishes by not going with the “accident” defense and they did not inform Mullis of his right not to testify.
The judge will hear Mullis’ request for a new trial today just before his sentencing.
Mullis’s sentencing was originally scheduled for March 17th, but was pushed back when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
It will take place today at 1 pm at the Delaware County Courthouse in Manchester. The courtroom will not be open to the public – it will be limited only to family and select members of the media due to social distancing guidelines. KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker will be there and will have coverage following the hearing. The hearing will also be livestreamed on two different sources – Court TV and the Law & Crime Network.
Law & Crime Network at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/
photo courtesy of Telegraph Herald