Barry Morphew, the husband of the missing Colorado mother Suzanne Morphew, appeared in court Thursday, tied up and wearing a jail sentence, as he faces three charges – including first-degree murder – in connection with his wife’s presumed death.
Morphew, 53, spoke only briefly during his initial appearance in Chaffee County Court on Thursday, sitting with his public defender, Daniel Zettler, wearing an orange and white jumpsuit, a blue face mask and shackles.
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Suzanne Morphew’s body – missing since May last year – has still not been found, but District Attorney Linda Stanley said Wednesday that her office and investigators had gathered enough evidence to arrest Barry Morphew on charges of first-degree murder after discussion and manipulated with physical evidence. and attempts to influence a public servant according to the authorities.
A judge told Morphew during the hearing that he would be able to see his two daughters present in the courtroom for the hearing as long as his contact with them remains civil.
His next hearing is scheduled for May 27 at. 16 local time.
Morphew was arrested around noon. 9:15 a.m. local time Wednesday near his home in Poncha Spring on Highway 50, the sheriff’s office said. He is being held at the Chaffee County Detention Center without bond.
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During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Stanley said the investigation is ongoing and Barry Morphew’s arrest will remain sealed. Investigators have largely kept quiet about the investigation, which they said is attributed to the successful arrest Wednesday morning.
Chiffee County Sheriff John Spezze said law enforcement did not expect further arrests. Officials would not provide further information on a suspected cause or motive in Suzanne Morphew’s death, saying Barry Morphew was asking for a lawyer when investigators began questioning him.
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Suzanne Morphew, 49, was reported missing by a neighbor last year on Mother’s Day – May 10, 2020. Officials said they were told she was traveling on a bicycle and never returned.
On May 17, her husband posted a video on Facebook asking who took Suzanne to bring her back.
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“Oh Suzanne, if anyone’s out there and can hear this that has you, thank you, we do everything necessary to bring you back. We love you, we miss you, your girls need you, “Barry said in the video. No question asked how much they want – I will do whatever it takes to get you back. Honey, I love you, I want you back so badly. “
The sheriff’s office said it was cooperating with law enforcement partners to execute more than 135 search warrants across the case and interviewed more than 400 people in multiple states. Law enforcement teams examined more than 1,400 tips.