Text messages presented at a preliminary hearing for Barry Morphew show that Suzanne Morphew texted him days before her disappearance saying that she was done with the marriage.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Barry Morphew is in court in Chaffee County this week for a preliminary hearing ahead of his trial for the murder of his wife, who vanished on Mother’s Day weekend 2020. Barry Morphew was arrested and charged with multiple counts, including first-degree murder, in May of this year. Suzanne’s body has not been found.
Investigators and witnesses have reportedly taken the stand at the hearing, presenting a timeline of the days, weeks, and months before Suzanne vanished, during which time she was having an affair with a former high school classmate from Indiana. Suzanne had also been texting her best friend about her desire to end her marriage, and her fears that Barry would not agree to a peaceful dissolution.
Fox 21 News reporter Lauren Scharf is in the courtroom and has been live-tweeting updates from the hearing. On Tuesday, Scharf reported that FBI Special Agent Kenneth Harris testified about data recovered from both Suzanne and Barry’s phone. On May 6, Suzanne reportedly sent a message to Barry saying, “ “I’m done. I could care less what you’re up to and have been for years. We just need to figure this out civilly.”
The text message on May 6 that #SuzanneMorphew sent #BarryMorphew reads, “I’m done. I could care less what you're up to and have been for years. We just need to figure this out civilly.” Barry had deleted but investigators found it.
— Lauren Scharf (@LaurenScharfTV) August 10, 2021
As previously reported, Suzanne appears to have suspected Barry of having an affair, while she was also involved with another man. Scharf’s Twitter posts indicate that investigators believe Suzanne was killed on May 9, the day before she was reported missing. On that day, she reportedly communicated with her lover, Jeff Libler.
As 9 News reports, Morphew sent a photo of herself sunbathing to Libler that day, as the two communicated on LinkedIn.
Libler’s last message he sent her that day was “my gang is home.”
According to Scharf’s Twitter posts, Libler is also married with children, but he and Suzanne reportedly discussed getting married to each other in the days before her presumed murder.
It is not yet clear if Barry Morphew knew or suspected Suzanne was having an affair.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates as the hearing continues.
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