Arraignment hearing set for Earlville man accused of killing wife

An Earlville man accused of killing his wife with a corn rake will be arraigned March 19.

Judge Thomas Bitter today set the arraignment date for Todd M. Mullis, 42, who is charged in Iowa District Court for Delaware County with first-degree murder. Mullis will enter his plea on that date or file a written plea ahead of time.

He is being held on a $5 million bond.

Mullis is accused of fatally stabbing Amy L. Mullis, 39, in the back with a corn rake on their farm on Nov. 10. He told authorities that his wife was alone when she apparently fell on the corn rake. Amy Mullis was found by the couple’s son after Todd Mullis told the boy to go check on his mother.

Documents said Todd Mullis told investigators that the couple had a good relationship, but investigators learned through friends and family that the couple had a long history of marital problems. Those problems included infidelity on the part of Amy Mullis.

Investigators said that, days prior to Amy Mullis’ death, Todd Mullis used the internet to review a diagram of body organs. Several months before, he allegedly researched “killing unfaithful women.”