CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — On Wednesday, the prosecution asked a Chaffee County judge to dismiss the trespassing charge against Shoshona Darke, the alleged girlfriend of Barry Morphew.
Morphew faces charges of first-degree murder after his wife, Suzanne Morphew, disappeared over Mother’s Day weekend in 2020.
The original charge stems from a September trespassing incident where Darke was seen on video taking a package from the front door of Morphew’s former home in Maysville, Colorado. Darke was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 3 misdemeanor.
The property owner of Morphew’s former home wanted to prosecute the trespassing charge against Darke, after a closer review of case law, the prosecution didn’t think there was a reasonable likelihood of conviction.
Darke has denied having a romantic relationship with Morphew with deputies. However, a pole camera installed by the FBI near Darke’s home from December 2020- April 2021 captured images of Morphew’s truck consistently coming and going and sometimes staying through the night.
- Murder in the first degree
- Tampering with a deceased human body
- Tampering with physical evidence
- Possession of a dangerous weapon – short rifle
- Attempt to influence a public servant
- Forgery of Public Records
- Misdemeanor Elections-mail ballot offense
Morphew’s trial is scheduled for May of 2022. He is currently out of jail on a $500,000 bond.