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Investigators say man chose to ‘hunt and control’ wife

DENVER – Investigators allege that a Colorado man charged with killing his missing wife decided to “hunt and control” her like an animal after she insisted on leaving him and later changed his statements as evidence in the case developed, according to a court document released Monday.

A judge allowed the release of the arrest affidavit laying out investigators’ case against Barry Morphew after ruling last week that there was enough evidence for him to stand trial for murder in the presumed death of Suzanne Morphew. Barry Morphew has pleaded not guilty and was released from jail Monday after posting a $500,000 cash bond.


Details about the couple’s troubled marriage were previously discussed in court during a hearing on the evidence in the case.

According to the affidavit, Morphew refused to take a polygraph test in the days after his wife was reported missing on May 10, 2020, which was Mother’s Day.

Morphew, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, did not initially tell investigators that he went out of his way as he left for work that morning, driving toward the place where his wife’s bicycle helmet was eventually found. Later, he said he went that way because he had seen an elk cross the road, the affidavit said.