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Judge hears evidence in death of Colorado’s Suzanne Morphew to determine if husband will stand trial

Barry Morphew is charged with first-degree murder and other charges related to the presumed death of his wife

SALIDA — A judge was holding a hearing Monday to determine if a Colorado man charged with murder in the death of his wife who disappeared over a year ago was will stand trial.

Barry Morphew is charged with first-degree murder and other charges related to the presumed death of Suzanne Morphew, whose body has not been found.

A 130-page court document containing details of the evidence that led to Morphew’s arrest in May has been sealed despite opposition from news media organizations but Morphew’s preliminary hearing is expected to provide the first look at the case against him.

According to prosecutors, Morphew is accused of killing his wife sometime between May 9 and May 10, 2020. Suzanne Morphew, the mother of two daughters, was reported missing on May 10, 2020, which was Mother’s Day.

Morphew is also charged with tampering with her deceased body around that time and with other evidence in the case from last May through early March, about two months before he was arrested. He is also accused of submitting a fraudulent vote on his wife’s behalf for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.

Morphew posted a widely viewed video on Facebook pleading for Suzanne Morphew’s safe return shortly after she disappeared.


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