BARRY Morphew, accused of murdering his wife, is facing voter fraud charges after submitting a 2020 election ballot in his then-missing wife's name.
Morphew was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last week, although his wife's body still has not been found.
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Suzanne Morphew, 49, was reported missing by a neighbor after vanishing from her Colorado home last Mother's Day. Her bike was found abandoned less than a mile away from the couple's home after she supposedly went for a bike ride alone.
Barry Morphew, 53, previously denied being involved in her disappearance and offered a financial reward for information on Suzanne's whereabouts.
Police have not recovered a body, but they no longer believe she is alive.
The Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office reportedly contacted police last October after receiving a mail-in ballot for Suzanne, who had been missing for several months at that point.
The ballot was not signed by Suzanne, but it did list Barry as a witness. When questioned about it recently, Barry seemed to admit to submitting the ballot illegally.
“Just because I wanted Trump to win…I know she (Suzanne) was going to vote for Trump anyways,” Morphew told investigators. “I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse."
In questioning, Morphew told the FBI that he thought the “other guys'” were cheating in the election so he would “give him (former president Trump) another vote.”
The evidence leading to Barry's arrest on murder charges is sealed, but District Attorney Linda Stanley said her office would not have brought charges against Barry without being "confident" about the case.
Morphew is being held without bail in Chaffee County on charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant.
Morphew has not yet made a plea to any of the charges he’s facing. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on May 27.
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