Mullis’ Attorney Files Notice of Appeal in Murder Conviction

An Earlville man who was just sentenced last week for murdering his wife is appealing his case.

43-year old Todd Mullis was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Delaware County District Court on Friday. He was convicted of First Degree Murder by a Dubuque County jury last September for the death of his wife, Amy, who was fatally stabbed with a corn rake on their rural Earlville farm in November 2018.

Delaware County Attorney John Bernau tells KMCH that Mullis’ attorney filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday afternoon. The notice of appeal, filed by Mullis’ attorneys Aaron Hamrock and Robert Larson of West Des Moines, is the initial step in the appeals process. It gives notice that Mullis is appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court the judgment, conviction and sentence in its entirety. It seeks to overturn his conviction and have the case sent back for a new trial for the same reasons set forth in his Motion for New Trial that was denied by Judge Thomas Bitter last Friday.

Mullis has been in the Buchanan County Jail since his trial last fall due to capacity issues at the Delaware County Jail. While his appeal makes its way through the court system, Bernau says Mullis will first go to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale, where he will be tested and looked over to see where he will best fit within the prison system. Bernau says most men convicted of murder end up serving their time at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.