An Earlville man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife nearly two years ago.
44-year old Todd Mullis appeared in Delaware County District Court in Manchester on Friday afternoon. He was charged with First Degree Murder in the death of his wife, Amy Mullis, who was fatally stabbed with a corn rake on their rural Earlville farm in November 2018. A 12-member jury found Mullis guilty during a week-long trial last September in Dubuque County.
Prior to his sentencing on Friday, Judge Thomas Bitter, who had presided over the trial last fall, heard Mullis’ request for a new trial. Mullis’ new attorney, Aaron Hamrock, argued that the prosecution acted with reckless disregard when they suggested to the jury that Mullis whispered, “Cheating whore… go to hell, cheating whore” while attempting CPR on Amy during the 911 call on the day of her death. Hamrock also argued that Mullis’ attorneys at the time went against Mullis’ wishes by not going with the “accident” defense. And Hamrock argued that there wasn’t enough evidence presented at trial to convict him.
After listening to the defense’s argument and hearing from the prosecution, Judge Bitter denied Mullis’ request for a new trial.
Mullis shook his head as the judge announced he would not receive a new trial. Judge Bitter then gave Mullis the opportunity to speak.
Judge Bitter then proceeded with Mullis’ sentencing.
The courtroom was limited to 25 people for the hearing due to social distancing guidelines, with only select media and family members from both sides allowed to attend.
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