Judge enters not guilty plea for accused Necedah cult leader

MADISON, Wis. — A judge has entered not guilty pleas on behalf of an alleged cult leader accused of helping hide a dead member for two months.

Prosecutors say Alan Bushey of Necedah considers himself the leader of the Order of the Divine Will. They say Bushey and another sect member, Tammy Lewis, hid a 90-year-old woman’s dead body on Lewis’ toilet for two months so they could go on collecting the woman’s Social Security and annuities.

Bushey said nothing during a hearing Monday when Juneau County Judge John P. Roemer asked him for pleas on two misdemeanor charges of being party to theft. The judge entered not guilty pleas for him on both counts. Bushey is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 10.

He faces several felony charges as well.


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