Lewis Will Stand Trial

A judge decided a woman accused of hiding a dead woman's body on her toilet for months is competent to stand trial.

Juneau County Circuit Judge John Roemer says a mental evaluation of Tammy Lewis found she suffers from "mental abnormalties."
But the report says she has the mental ability to assist in her defense.

Prosecutors believe Lewis served as a nun in the Order of the Divine will, an alleged cult run by Alan Bushey of Necedah.

According to a criminal complaint, Bushey and Lewis hid the body of 90-year-old Magdeline Middlesworth on Lewis' toilet after Middlesworth died in March.

The complaint says Bushey and Lewis continued to collect Middlesworth's social security checks and annuities after she died.

She and 57-year-old Alan Bushey each face two counts of causing mental harm to a child.

Lewis' two children, ages 12 and 15, allegedly lived with her in the home where 90-year-old Alvina Middlesworth died in early March.

The criminal complaint says Bushey advised Lewis to leave the body in the bathroom, saying he had signs from God she would come back to life if they prayed hard enough.

The children are in foster care.


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