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An iowa hog farmer has been found guilty of fatally stabbing his wife with a corn rake after prosecutors argued he was enraged over her secret affair. Todd Mullis 43, was convicted of first degree murder in the death of his wife 39 year old Amy Mullis following a six day trial. Police say that Amy Mullis was stabbed with a large rake on November 10 at the couples from about 40 miles west of Dubuque. The couples 14 year old son found his mother impaled on a rake inside the shed after Mullis asked him to check on her. Jerry Frasher, a farm field manager, testified last week that he was having an affair with Amy, and that she was deathly afraid of her husband. “She said she felt like a slave or a hostage around there” Frasher testified “she said she was wanting to leave Todd. One time she said if he ever found out about the affair, she would disappear.” According to the neighbor who she was supposedly having an affair with. Internet searches on Mullis’ IPad showed phrases like “killing unfaithful women”, “ what happened to cheating spouses in historic Aztec tribes,” and “ did ancient cultures kill adulterers,” authorities said Mullis has denied performing the searches. Mullis claimed his wife, dizzy from a recent medical procedure, accidentally fell on the corn rake. But an autopsy found her body had six puncture wounds and ruled the death a homicide. The defense argued that Amy Mullis had startled someone else in the farm shed, who impaled her in the back while Todd Mullis was working in a nearby barn with their son. Jurors reached their verdict after deliberating nearly eight hours over two days. The first degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.