SALIDA, Colo. (CBS4) — Barry Morphew, who’s accused of murder within the disappearance of his spouse, Suzanne Morphew, is in courtroom on Monday — and we’re studying extra about why investigators imagine he’s responsible. With proof within the case sealed, the preliminary listening to is the general public’s first have a look at the prosecution’s case towards him.
The primary witness was the lead investigator, who testified that Suzanne Morphew had been having an affair with an old high school friend from Michigan named Jeff Libler. The affair had been occurring for about two years — which wasn’t found till about six months after she disappeared.
Libler by no means approached authorities after Suzanne disappeared however as a substitute, deleted all correspondence between the 2. When he was questioned six months later, he advised investigators he removed their communication as a result of he didn’t need Suzanne’s legacy to incorporate the affair. He was additionally married with six youngsters on the time.
LinkedIn messages have been recovered in December of 2020 which confirmed the pair had exchanged nudes and met on at the very least 6 events out of state the place they ultimately engaged in a sexual relationship.
They mentioned marriage and even transferring to Ecuador collectively as soon as Suzanne left Barry.
After his interview with investigators, Libler was advised he was not a suspect within the case.
On Monday, prosecutors additionally confirmed physique digicam video that had not been launched earlier than — from the day Suzanne went lacking. It reveals officers dealing with her bike, shouting her title and searching for her. Additionally they offered video from later that night, displaying Barry Morphew arriving on the giant scene. He was crying and asking to see the bike.
Investigators admitted in courtroom Monday that the scene the place Suzanne’s bike was discovered was by no means sealed off and encountered heavy quantities of site visitors from associates, household in addition to search and rescue crews hoping keen to assist discover her.
Prosecutors say Barry Morphew was interviewed on the scene for about half-hour. Throughout the interview he prompt that police have a look at the “suspicious” RV park close by, and speculated that she might have been taken by a mountain lion.
Prosecutors centered closely on textual content messages between Suzanne and her long-time buddy Sheila Oliver. The pair exchanged dozens of textual content messages between September of 2019 and March of 2020, detailing Suzanne’s fractured relationship with Barry.
In a single textual content message Suzanne advised Sheila, “says he loves me and may’t deal with the ache from me not giving him the love he wants. Doesn’t point out all of the injury he’s performed to me. Bodily, mentally.”
In later textual content she wrote, “Advised him I’m performed. That I want peace. Unsure what’s subsequent” and “He tries to make use of cash as a device and the women. I didn’t take the bait.”
This was all occurring as Suzanne was present process most cancers therapies. In keeping with interviews with Shelia, Suzanne felt unequipped to go away as a result of when she would argue about it with Barry, he would ask her how she anticipated to pay for her most cancers therapies.
In one other textual content to Sheila, she referred to Barry as Jekyll & Hyde writing, “he received’t converse of divorce. Begging for an additional probability. I’m so torn however in my coronary heart I do know who he’s.”
As shut as she was to Sheila, investigators say she by no means advised Sheila of the affair and stated Barry didn’t learn about it both, though he stated suspected there might have been an emotional affair of some form.
In courtroom, investigators stated they proceed to search for Suzanne’s physique and confirmed they’ve by no means discovered a drop of Suzanne’s blood, of their house or wherever else.
— Jamie Leary (@JamieALeary) August 9, 2021
Barry Morphew’s daughters have been within the courtroom on Monday. Throughout a break, they cried, and he pulled his masks down and mouthed, “I really like you.”
Suzanne Morphew disappeared after leaving her house for a motorcycle trip on Mom’s Day 2020. Her physique has by no means been discovered and what occurred stays a thriller.
Members of the family stated Barry Morphew was out of city in Denver when she disappeared.
Final 12 months, Barry Morphew advised CBS4’s Jamie Leary that he believes she was abducted.
Barry Morphew is charged with first-degree homicide, tampering with a corpse, possession of a lethal weapon and trying to affect a public servant. He’s represented by the Eytan Neilson agency.
Throughout the preliminary listening to, prosecutors lay out their proof and the decide will resolve whether or not there is sufficient to proceed with a trial.
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