The Colorado man in custody on suspicion of murdering his wife is facing additional charges of alleged voter fraud.
As Fox 31 News reports, Barry Morphew, who was arrested last week on first-degree murder and additional charges in connection to his wife Suzanne Morphew’s presumed death, is now facing additional charges of felony forging public documents and a misdemeanor mail-in-ballot offense. According to the report, prosecutors say Barry Morphew submitted a ballot for the 2020 presidential election in his missing wife’s name.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by Fox 31, the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office contacted authorities in October after receiving a mail-in ballot for Suzanne Morphew, whose May 2020 disappearance made national headlines. The ballot was not signed by Suzanne Morphew but listed Barry Morphew as a witness. At the time of the report, investigators photographed the ballot and collected it as evidence. In April of this year, FBI agents reportedly questioned Barry Morphew about the ballot. The suspect appears to have admitted to submitting it, and indicated he didn’t know it was illegal.
“Just because I wanted Trump to win…I know she (Suzanne) was going to vote for Trump anyways,” Morphew told investigators when asked why he cast a ballot in his wife’s name, adding that he thought the “other guys’” were cheating.
“I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse,” Morphew reportedly said.
Morphew remains in custody in Chaffee County. He is being held without bail on charges of murder after deliberation, tampering with physical evidence, and attempting to influence a public servant. Authorities have not yet released the affidavit for those charges, though it could soon be unsealed, per a judge’s order.
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