Man accused in corpse-on-toilet case going to court

Associated Press/August 24, 2008

Mauston, Wisconsin - A self-styled religious leader accused of helping a follower hide a rotting corpse on her toilet is due in court in Mauston this week.

Alan Bushey is expected to enter pleas Tuesday to charges of causing mental harm to a child, hiding a corpse and theft.

Prosecutors say Bushey and his follower, Tammy Lewis, kept 90-year-old Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth's dead body on Lewis' toilet. Middlesworth was another member of their sect.

A criminal complaint says Bushey told Lewis that God would bring Middlesworth back to life. Prosecutors alleged they both wanted to go on collecting Middlesworth's Social Security.

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