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Self-proclaimed religious leader to enter plea in case of hiding a corpse

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A self-proclaimed religious leader who's accused of helping a woman hide a corpse in her bathroom for two months is expected to enter pleas Tuesday.


Alan Bushey, 58, of Necedah is due in Juneau County Circuit Court for an arraignment.

Prosecutors said Bushey and one of his followers, Tammy Lewis, kept the dead body of Magdeline Middlesworth, 90, on Lewis's toilet for two months, and Lewis's children saw it rot there.

Middlesworth was another member of what District Attorney Scott Southworth calls a cult.

Bushey is charged with two counts of causing mental harm to a child, two counts of theft and hiding a corpse.

Should a trial be held, the judge in the case has ruled that the jury will be picked outside of Juneau County due to the heavy publicity the case has attracted.