Attorneys representing Barry Morphew presented findings in court on Tuesday regarding partial DNA samples found in the glovebox of Suzanne Morphew’s car.
Suzanne disappeared in May 2020; a year later, her husband Barry Morphew was charged with her murder. Suzanne’s body has not been found, and a judge is expected to make a determination Tuesday whether the case will go to trial. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented evidence and interviewed witnesses, including several members of law enforcement, during the four days of the preliminary hearing.
As the Denver Post reports, DNA collected from Suzanne Morphew’s vehicle after her disappearance may be linked to three unsolved sex assault cases; two in Arizona and one in Chicago. According to the report, the sample led to a partial DNA profile that matches profiles developed in the sex assault investigation — but it remains unclear if the DNA was a match for all three cases.
CBI Agent Joseph Cahill reportedly testified about the DNA findings while Morphew’s attorney was questioning him was a witness. Fox 21 News reporter Lauren Scharf, who is in the Chaffee County courtroom on Tuesday, indicated that the testimony regarding the DNA findings caused some confusion. She also indicated that investigators are looking at more than one possible suspect in the unsolved sex assault cases.
The judge is lost… many in the courtroom are also confused so he is trying to get clarification. "It is my understanding that the partial did not match the two primary suspects from the Tempe case according to another detective," Agent Cahill said.
— Lauren Scharf (@LaurenScharfTV) August 24, 2021
Barry Morphew is facing seven counts, including first-degree murder, tampering with a body, and attempting to influence a public servant.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary.
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