CO SUZANNE MORPHEW: Missing from Chaffee County, CO - 10 May 2020 - Age 49 *ARREST*

A Chaffee County woman is missing after a neighbor said she went out for a bike ride Sunday and never returned, sparking a search involving more than 100 emergency personnel.

The Chaffee County Communications Center received a report on Sunday at 5:46 p.m. regarding a missing woman in the area of County Road 225 and West Highway 50.


Anybody who has information on Morphew’s whereabouts is asked to call the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office at 719-539-2596 or Chaffee County Crime Stoppers at 719-539-2599.


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GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter

Judge rules Barry Morphew can stay living in Maysville, despite ankle-monitor not tracking​

Barry Morphew, the man accused of killing his wife, Suzanne Morphew, saw a judge for the first time since being let out of the Chaffee County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Judge Patrick Murphy ruled Morphew can continue to live in the home next to his old house off Puma Path in Maysville without a GPS monitoring him. The judge’s condition is that Morphew has to go to Poncha Springs, the next town over to have the information downloaded every day.
Oh give me a break. What?? I am one who has not wondered about this judge or jumped to any conclusions, and gave him the benefit of the doubt but now am starting to really wonder...

UNLESS there is some undercover op going on of watching Barry to see if he leads them to the body, or breaks a condition of bond (but how would they know?) this is total B.S. imo. But ya know, we have the best system in the world or so we are taught...
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Lead prosecutor in Barry Morphew murder case resigns​

One of the lead prosecutors in the Barry Morphew murder case resigns less than a year before the trial.

Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lindsey is leaving the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to take a job in Pueblo at the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. His last day is November 5, 2021.

There are currently four other prosecutors on the Morphew case and D.A. Linda Stanley said they plan to bring in more before the trial. Morphew’s trial is set for May of 2022.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Barry Morphew attorneys to sue case investigators for false arrest, defamation​

Legal papers sent this week allege prosecutors purposefully kept the identity of a sex offender tied to evidence in a Chaffee County killing from murder suspect Barry Morphew’s defense team.

The move comes after a lengthy evidence hearing led to a judge ruling Morphew should stand trial in the death of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, who was reported missing on Mother's Day 2020. The attorneys allege deputies and prosecutors withheld the identity of a person tied to DNA found on the glovebox of Suzanne Morphew’s Ranger Rover.

A national database of DNA samples taken from inmates showed the DNA was linked to a sex offender who now lives in Arizona, according to the notice of intent to sue filed by the law firm of Fisher and Byrialsen based out of Denver and New York City.

The documents contend law enforcement and prosecutors could face civil liability for defamation and false arrest under new Colorado laws that in some cases lift legal shields that protect police from lawsuits.

Former Adams County prosecutor Bob Grant called the legal move unusual, but said it could grow more common as a tool to punish alleged police misconduct.

“I think we’ll see more and more of this,” Grant said. “I think they want to chill the effectiveness of law enforcement.”

In the notice, Morphew listed 26 investigators he intends to sue in “both their individual and official capacities.” The list includes Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze, District Attorney Linda Stanley and agents from the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The document contends police didn't chase the DNA lead and look for other possible killers before focusing on Morphew.

Stanley and Spezze declined comment Tuesday.



The documents filed by Morphew allege new information regarding male DNA found in the Range Rover, saying it was a possible match to a serial sex offender in Arizona.

Morphew’s civil attorneys say investigators knew the man’s identity as early as Aug. 2, a week before the evidence hearing in the murder case. The 10-page document says prosecutors waited until Morphew was ordered to trial before they released it to his defense team. In doing this, Morphew's attorneys contend, prosecutors “conspired to commit a fraud upon the court by withholding exculpatory evidence.”

The DNA issue did come up during Morphew's August evidence hearing. Colorado Bureau of Investigations agent Joe Cahill told Morphew attorney Iris Eytan that the DNA on the glove box is a partial profile.

Investigators collected several DNA samples amid a frantic search for Suzanne Morphew. Other unknown male DNA was also found on the grips of Suzanne Morphew’s bicycle, on her bike helmet and on sheets found in the Morphew’s dryer. None of these DNA profiles matched the DNA on the glovebox.

“It’s Ramsey all over again,” said Grant, who was one of several prosecutors who gave advice in the unsolved 1996 killing of JonBenet Ramsey. “The prosecution will have to contend with the DNA. It makes this case really tough because this DNA found on the glovebox represents a somewhat credible suspect.”

One issue in the Ramsey case centered on unidentified DNA found on her clothing.

Denver criminal defense attorney Ryan Brackley, who was a prosecutor in Denver and Boulder, said in the Morphew case, prosecutors will need legwork to overcome the DNA from the glovebox. To keep the focus on Morphew, they'll need an alibi for the man tied to the glovebox.

“If such a DNA profile was found in a missing woman’s car, and that DNA profile belongs to a sex offender, the lack of an explanation for how that profile got into the car of the missing woman would certainly provide a basis for a reasonable doubt that someone else committed the crime," Brackley said.

Morphew also has DNA issues to face.

“We’ve talked about where Barry’s DNA was not,” prosecutor Mark Hurlbert argued on the final day of the evidence hearing.

He countered that the defendant's genetic fingerprints were found in several places crucial to prosecution theories, including his wife’s bicycle seat and on the driver's seat and door of the Range Rover.

During the August hearing, defense attorneys argued that prosecutors can't prove Suzanne Morphew is dead, much less that her husband killed her. Her body hasn't been found.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter

Barry Morphew attorneys to sue case investigators for false arrest, defamation​

Legal papers sent this week allege prosecutors purposefully kept the identity of a sex offender tied to evidence in a Chaffee County killing from murder suspect Barry Morphew’s defense team.

The move comes after a lengthy evidence hearing led to a judge ruling Morphew should stand trial in the death of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, who was reported missing on Mother's Day 2020. The attorneys allege deputies and prosecutors withheld the identity of a person tied to DNA found on the glovebox of Suzanne Morphew’s Ranger Rover.

A national database of DNA samples taken from inmates showed the DNA was linked to a sex offender who now lives in Arizona, according to the notice of intent to sue filed by the law firm of Fisher and Byrialsen based out of Denver and New York City.

The documents contend law enforcement and prosecutors could face civil liability for defamation and false arrest under new Colorado laws that in some cases lift legal shields that protect police from lawsuits.

Former Adams County prosecutor Bob Grant called the legal move unusual, but said it could grow more common as a tool to punish alleged police misconduct.

“I think we’ll see more and more of this,” Grant said. “I think they want to chill the effectiveness of law enforcement.”

In the notice, Morphew listed 26 investigators he intends to sue in “both their individual and official capacities.” The list includes Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze, District Attorney Linda Stanley and agents from the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The document contends police didn't chase the DNA lead and look for other possible killers before focusing on Morphew.

Stanley and Spezze declined comment Tuesday.



The documents filed by Morphew allege new information regarding male DNA found in the Range Rover, saying it was a possible match to a serial sex offender in Arizona.

Morphew’s civil attorneys say investigators knew the man’s identity as early as Aug. 2, a week before the evidence hearing in the murder case. The 10-page document says prosecutors waited until Morphew was ordered to trial before they released it to his defense team. In doing this, Morphew's attorneys contend, prosecutors “conspired to commit a fraud upon the court by withholding exculpatory evidence.”

The DNA issue did come up during Morphew's August evidence hearing. Colorado Bureau of Investigations agent Joe Cahill told Morphew attorney Iris Eytan that the DNA on the glove box is a partial profile.

Investigators collected several DNA samples amid a frantic search for Suzanne Morphew. Other unknown male DNA was also found on the grips of Suzanne Morphew’s bicycle, on her bike helmet and on sheets found in the Morphew’s dryer. None of these DNA profiles matched the DNA on the glovebox.

“It’s Ramsey all over again,” said Grant, who was one of several prosecutors who gave advice in the unsolved 1996 killing of JonBenet Ramsey. “The prosecution will have to contend with the DNA. It makes this case really tough because this DNA found on the glovebox represents a somewhat credible suspect.”

One issue in the Ramsey case centered on unidentified DNA found on her clothing.

Denver criminal defense attorney Ryan Brackley, who was a prosecutor in Denver and Boulder, said in the Morphew case, prosecutors will need legwork to overcome the DNA from the glovebox. To keep the focus on Morphew, they'll need an alibi for the man tied to the glovebox.

“If such a DNA profile was found in a missing woman’s car, and that DNA profile belongs to a sex offender, the lack of an explanation for how that profile got into the car of the missing woman would certainly provide a basis for a reasonable doubt that someone else committed the crime," Brackley said.

Morphew also has DNA issues to face.

“We’ve talked about where Barry’s DNA was not,” prosecutor Mark Hurlbert argued on the final day of the evidence hearing.

He countered that the defendant's genetic fingerprints were found in several places crucial to prosecution theories, including his wife’s bicycle seat and on the driver's seat and door of the Range Rover.

During the August hearing, defense attorneys argued that prosecutors can't prove Suzanne Morphew is dead, much less that her husband killed her. Her body hasn't been found.
I'm not even going to comment on this right now other than to say what a bunch of b.s. I'm absorbing it but already not in the direction I am sure his new "civil attorneys" (probably the type who take that big percentage in a lawsuit/high profile case) want/hope.
 

GrandmaBear

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Documents unsealed

Won't be having time to read all those for awhile. Wow. That's quite a witness list, 500 possible. They never call them all but still...
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
This is interesting and I don't know why I hadn't heard about it except I have not had a chance to keep up with cases I follow/ed much at all lately.

Not even sure when this was filed, going to have to look at that later if I get the chance.

Apparently the "top notch" defense attorneys filed something that names some videos online, etc. where the D.A. Linda Stanley commented underneath,, etc. some time back and the defense attorneys are complaining about it... And naming people she talked to who held channels, did shows, commented to if I have it right.

 

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