Plea deal for leader in Necedah corpse case

Associated Press/January 17, 2009

Mauston, Wisconsin - Prosecutors say a religious leader in Necedah won't go to trial on charges of helping a follower hide a dead woman's body on a toilet for about two months.

The Juneau County district attorney's office said a hearing on a plea agreement is scheduled Feb. 5, and the April trial of Alan Bushey (boo-SHAY') is canceled. The 58-year-old Bushey is charged with hiding a corpse, two counts of causing mental harm to a child and two counts of theft.

Prosecutors say Bushey and Tammy Lewis kept the body of a 90-year-old woman in the bathroom while continuing to collect her Social Security checks.

The 36-year-old Lewis pleaded no contest in November to a misdemeanor of obstructing a police officer and was fined $350. More serious charges will be dropped in two years if she cooperates with prosecutors and follows court orders involving her children.

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