Investigators say the Colorado man accused of killing his missing wife “hunted and manipulated” her like an animal.
According to a court document published Monday, a Colorado man charged with killing his missing wife planned to “hunt and control” her like an animal when she insisted on leaving him and later modified his remarks as the investigation progressed.
The Colorado man accused of killing his missing wife
After determining last week that there was enough evidence for Barry Morphew to stand trial for murder in the suspected death of Suzanne Morphew, a judge ordered the publishing of the arrest affidavit laying out investigators’ case against him. Barry Morphew pleaded not guilty to the charges. Released on a $500,000 cash bond on Monday. CBS Denver video filmed him going out of jail with his two daughters and Suzanne Morphew.
The couple’s tumultuous marriage past detailed in court during a hearing on the case’s evidence.
Investigators claimed that when Barry Morphew realized he couldn’t handle Suzanne Morphew’s determination to leave him, “he resorted to something had done his entire life – hunt and control Suzanne like he had hunted and controlled animals,” according to the affidavit.
What happened on Mother’s Day?
In the days following his wife’s disappearance on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, Barry Morphew declined to take a polygraph test, according to the affidavit.
Barry Morphew, an ardent hunter, and outdoorsman did not initially tell authorities that he went out of his way to work that morning to drive toward where his wife’s bicycle helmet was subsequently discovered. Later, he claimed he went that way because an elk had crossed the road, according to the affidavit.
Suzanne Morphew’s remains discovered.
Barry Morphew also accused of interfering with a human body, tampering with physical evidence, possessing a dangerous weapon, and influencing a public official.
According to CBS Denver, Morphew’s defense team told the judge that they did not want the affidavit released because they feared how the district attorney’s office wrote it would sway the media and taint a jury. He jeopardized.
Denver’s CBD reports Morphew’s defense requested that he be permitted to live in Gunnison County near one of his two children, but the judge refused, noting that he preferred Morphew to remain in Chaffee County, where the case was based.
He must also wear an ankle monitor, which will notify authorities if he departs.