Man accused of telling woman to keep dead body released on bond

MAUSTON — The Necedah man accused of allegedly telling a woman to keep the body of a 90-year-old woman in a residence and pray for her to come back to life was released Monday on a $10,000 cash bond.

During a motion hearing Monday in Juneau County Circuit Court, Alan Bushey, 58, appeared in court by video with attorney Thomas Steinman.

At the hearing, Juneau County Assistant District Attorney John Newton made a motion requesting a larger bond amount due to recently filed additional charges of hiding a corpse and misdemeanor theft.

Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer denied the bond modification request and Bushey was allowed to be released after posting the $10,000 bond.

In court, Bushey stood mute on both counts of misdemeanor theft, and not guilty pleas were entered by the court.

Bushey’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to continue June 10.

According to court documents, in early May, Bushey and Tammy Lewis, 35, were charged with two counts of causing mental harm to a child after the body of Alvina Magdelina Middlesworth was found decomposing for two months in a town of Necedah residence.

Lewis, who is being held at the Juneau County Jail, told investigators Bushey instructed her to leave Middlesworth’s body on the toilet and pray for her to come back to life.

Lewis lived in the home with Middlesworth and Lewis’ two children.

Middlesworth, Lewis and her two children were members of Bushey’s church, the Immaculate Conception, also located in the town of Necedah.

Lewis is scheduled for a competency hearing June 16.

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Portage Daily Register, USA
June 4, 2008
Amanda Becker

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