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Husband charged with murder of missing wife in Colorado also charged with voter fraud for filling out her ballot

Barry Lee Morphew last week was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and attempting to influence a public servant in connection with the death of his wife, Suzanne Morphew.

Suzanne was reported missing on May 10, 2020.

An arrest warrant filed in Chaffee County, Colorado on Thursday shows that Barry Morphew faces charges of forgery and offenses relating to mail ballots.

The affidavit shows that a Chaffee County clerk reported the alleged voter fraud on October 22, 2020, after receiving a “voter ballot predesignated for a missing person, identified as Suzanne Renee Morphew.”

While the ballot did not have a voter signature, it had a handwritten name of Barry Lee Morphew on the designated signature line for a witness, according to the affidavit.

When FBI agents went to interview Barry Morphew on April 22, 2021, he told them he did it because he wanted Trump to win reelection.

“Barry replied ‘Just because I wanted Trump (referring to President Donald Trump) to win,'” and “‘I just thought, give him (referring to President Trump) another vote,'” the affidavit said.

Morphew allegedly also said, “I figured all these other guys are cheating” and “I know she (referring to Suzanne Renee Morphew) was going to vote for Trump (referring to President Trump) anyway,” according to the affidavit.

He allegedly told investigators that he didn’t know it was illegal to vote for your spouse, the affidavit said.

His bail for this charge was set at $1,000, according to a court document from Colorado’s Eleventh Judicial District. He is being held at the Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond regarding the charges related to his wife’s disappearance, officials said in a news release last week.

Morphew appeared in court Thursday for an advisement hearing on the murder charges and was assigned a public offender.

While CNN has contacted the attorney for comment, the policy of the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender is not to comment on criminal cases.

Morphew is scheduled to be in court again on May 27.

CNN’s Jennifer Feldman contributed to this report.

2021-05-15 01:59:49

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