CONTINUING COVERAGE: Bushey stands mute in afternoon court appearance - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Bushey stands mute in afternoon court appearance

MAUSTON (WKOW) -- Court records indicate the religious leader accused of helping a follower hide a corpse on her toilet did show up for his 2:30 hearing, after missing the 11:00 scheduled one. 

Alan Bushey faces one felony count of being a party to hiding a corpse, two felony counts of being party to causing mental harm to a child and two misdemeanor counts of being party to theft. 

According to online court records, Bushey stood mute before Juneau County Circuit Judge John Roemer.

The judge entered the pleas on his behalf.
  

Prosecutors say Bushey and his follower, Tammy Lewis, kept 90-year-old Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth's dead body on Lewis' toilet. Middlesworth was another member of their group.
  

A criminal complaint says Bushey told Lewis that God would revive Middlesworth. Investigators believe they both wanted to collect Middlesworth's Social Security.

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MAUSTON (WKOW) 09/16 12:45 p.m. UPDATE -- A religious leader accused of helping a follower hide a corpse failed to appear for his court appearance Tuesday morning.

Alan Bushey's lawyer said he did not know where his client was when Bushey failed to appear for court at 11 a.m.

The county is planning to issue a bench warrant for Bushey's arrest if he does not appear in court by 3 p.m.

Bushey was expected to plead to charges of causing mental harm to a child, hiding a corpse and theft.

Prosecutors say Bushey and Tammy Lewis kept a 90-year-old woman on the toilet after she died; Lewis' children also lived in the house at the time.

A criminal complaint said Bushey told Lewis that God would bring her back to life.

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