Possible plea deal in corpse case

Associated Press/August 1, 2008

A plea deal could be in the works for a Necedah woman accused of concealing a corpse in her home for weeks.

Tammy Lewis' attorney, Dan Berkos, and Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth met yesterday to talk about resolving the case. Neither would comment on the negotiations.

Berkos says they'll talk again within the next month.

The 36-year-old Lewis and 58-year-old Alan Bushey are accused of hiding 90-year-old Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth's body on a toilet in the Lewis home. Prosecutors say Lewis and Middlesworth were part of a religious order Bushey led.

Bushey and Lewis face felony counts of hiding a corpse, causing mental harm to Lewis' children and theft. Prosecutors allege they hid Middlesworth so they could keep collecting her Social Security checks.

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