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He Allegedly Suspected Wife's Affair Before She Disappeared

New details revealed in hearing on Barry Morphew's murder case
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2021 12:30 PM CDT
He Allegedly Suspected Wife's Affair Before She Vanished
Barry Morphew, who is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the death of his wife, Suzanne Morphew.   (Chaffee County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

(Newser) – Barry Morphew told investigators he'd spent a perfect night with his wife before she seemingly vanished on a bike ride in 2020. But according to Suzanne Morphew's best friend, the Colorado couple hadn't had a perfect night in well over a year. Indeed, Suzanne had been having an affair for nearly two years, as revealed by her own voice-activated spy pen, according to testimony heard Monday in Barry Morphew's murder case. Suzanne never told anyone about her relationship with Jeff Libler, a married high school friend, and her husband denied knowing of the affair. But he had suspicions, FBI special agent Kenneth Harris testified, per the Denver Post. Suzanne had her own suspicions about Barry's faithfulness, hence the spy pen, per the AP. Suzanne's best friend claimed she'd spoken of divorce and felt unsafe alone with her husband.

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That's exactly where she found herself on May 9 and 10, when prosecutors allege Barry killed his wife. Investigators have not found Suzanne's body or cellphone—or any blood. But they did find Suzanne's mountain bike at the bottom of a ditch on the day she was reported missing, and they later found her undamaged helmet at a different spot, per KDVR. Though Morphew claimed to have left his wife asleep at home around 5am on May 10, an arrest affidavit claims he moved to get rid of evidence around that time, per KDVR. Two months earlier, Suzanne had texted a friend, saying her husband "won't speak of divorce" and is "begging for another chance," per the Post. She'd also described a 2018 incident in which he pushed her into a closet and put a gun to his head. (Morphew is accused of voting in 2020 on behalf of his wife.)

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