An Earlville man accused of killing his wife with a corn rake seeks to move his trial outside of Delaware County, claiming media coverage has stoked a “negative public bias” that would not allow him to get a fair trial.
An attorney for Todd M. Mullis, 42, filed the motion June 4 in Iowa District Court for Delaware County. Mullis is charged with first-degree murder for the November death of Amy L. Mullis, 39. His trial is set for Aug. 19.
Authorities allege Todd Mullis killed his wife by stabbing her with a corn rake at their farm on Nov. 10. Mullis told authorities his wife likely fell on the rake because she was feeling faint earlier in the day, but an autopsy report concluded she was stabbed.
Court documents said investigators learned the couple had marital problems, and there was evidence Todd Mullis used a tablet computer to search “killing unfaithful women” months earlier.
Todd Mullis was arrested in February.
His motion for change of venue lists links to 52 different published stories on the internet about his case. The attorney argues the pervasive media coverage warrants a change of venue to guarantee Todd Mullis’ right to a fair trial.
Assistant Iowa Attorney General Denise Timmins wrote the defense request did not adequately show bias in Delaware County that would require the trial be moved.