MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) - A member of a religious sext has pleaded no
contest to a misdemeanor after being accused of leaving another
member's corpse in her bathroom so the group could collect the
deceased woman's Social Security checks.
Tammy Lewis entered the plea Monday in Mauston, Wisconsin, and
was fined $350.
Prosecutors accuse the 36-year-old Lewis and 58-year-old Alan Bushey of leaving 90-year-old Magdeline Middlesworth's body on the
toilet in Lewis' home after she died there in March.
A criminal complaint says Bushey led the Order of the Divine Will sect and told Lewis that God would revive Middlesworth. The decaying body was found in May after Middlesworth's family expressed concern.
Prosecutors say they believe Bushey and Lewis wanted to go on collecting Middlesworth's Social Security payments.
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