An Iowa farmer is on trial for murdering his wife — with a pitchfork-shaped rake.
Todd Mullis of Earlville, Iowa, claims that his spouse, Amy, fell on the pointy corn rake in a tragic 2018 accident. But prosecutors believe he snuffed out her life in a jealous rage.
Mullis’ tale began to unravel after a postmortem examination showed six puncture wounds to Amy’s back — but the rake had just four tines, reported The Washington Post.
As authorities became more skeptical of his story, Mullis, 43, was arrested for first-degree murder.
“He hoped people would feel sorry for him and not ask for any more questions,” asserted Iowa state prosecutor Marie Hughes.
After Amy’s 13-year-old son discovered his mother’s corpse, his dad called it a freak accident.
Court testimony revealed that the Mullis’ marriage was less than mirthful. Shortly before Amy Mullis’ demise, friends claimed the victim confided that she was ready to leave Todd.
Amy’s brother testified that her friends referred to her as “P.O.T.” — prisoner of Todd, due to the husband’s alleged dominating ways.
Hughes suggested that Mullis was upset with the notion of potentially losing his 39-year-old wife — not to mention, half of his acreage in a divorce.
It wasn’t the first time that he felt threatened, according to Amy’s friends. They claimed she was involved in a previous affair that Todd discovered. When he confronted his cheating wife, she reportedly told pals she feared for her life.
“Being a farmer means everything to him. He has put his life into that farm,” explained Hughes. “The defendant had to find a way to keep his farm.”