A northeast Iowa man has been accused of killing his wife with a corn rake, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
42-year-old Todd Mullis was arrested Thursday and charged with Murder in the First Degree for allegedly killing his wife Amy Mullis in November 2018.
The State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Mullis’ death at the family’s home in Earlville a homicide in December 2018.
Around 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical services responded to a 911 call by Todd Mullis at 1722 255th Avenue in Earlville regarding his 39-year-old wife, Amy.
Amy was pronounced dead shortly after upon her arrival at Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Todd reported Amy’s death was unattended.
According to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Delaware County, Todd told the Delaware County Dispatch Center that on the day of Amy’s death, he and the couple’s 13-year old child were working at a hog building on the family’s property. Todd explained that Amy had surgery a couple days prior and “appeared to have dizzy spells” while outside working.
“Todd stated that he had asked Amy to go to the neartby shed to grab a pet carrier before she went into the house and to set it by the shop to put kittens in it later,” the complaint reads. “Todd stated that sometime later, he and [TRM] had gone to the front office of the hot building to get a drink. Todd stated he looked outside and didn’t see the pet carrier in front of the shop where he had instructed Amy to put it.”
After instructing the couple’s child to go check on Amy, Todd heard the child yelling.
“Todd stated he ran the short distance to the shed and observed Amy lying in a crouched position just inside the doorway with a corn rake impaled in her back,” the complaint continues. “Todd stated he attempted to take Amy out of the building, but the corn rake that was lodged in her back was hitting the fertilizer crates.”
Law enforcement interviewed Todd that same day, but he “didn’t know how Amy sustained her fatal injuries”.
Following an autopsy, on November 12, 2018, the medical examiner’s office “stated that the injuries Amy sustained are not consistent with falling onto the corn rake” after observing six puncture wounds. The corn rake reportedly only had four tines, and two of the six puncture wounds were at an upward angle with the other four being at a downward angle.
Todd was interviewed again on November 16, where he told law enforcement that in 2013 Amy had an affair with another man. Todd stated he never confronted Amy about the affair. There was a second instance, according to the complaint, in which Todd believed Amy was having an affair.
“…around July of 2018, he reviewed his cell phone billing statement and discovered a large number of text messages being sent and received between Amy and [another man…”
Law enforcement found that Amy had began a romantic relationship from May 2018 until the week of her death.
The man Amy began a relationship with told law enforcement the last time he saw her was the day before her death.
“The man said he feared for his safety if Todd ever found out about the relationship with Amy.”
Numerous friend were interviewed as part of the investigation, who noted that Amy “felt Todd would kill her” if he found out about the affair, and that Amy had discussed leaving her husband because “she felt trapped and like a prisoner.”
An iPad belonging to Todd was seized in which search results such as “organs in the body” and “killing unfaithful women” were found.
Mullis is currently being held at the Delaware County Jail.