Additional seating for Barry Morphew hearings allowed by Chaffee County Court

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — In anticipation of a large crowd at Barry Morphew’s upcoming high-profile court hearings, Chaffee County Court has agreed to live-stream the event at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds next week.

Morphew, the man accused of killing his wife, Suzanne Morphew in Chaffee County, is set to appear in court on August 9,10, and several additional dates to follow this month. Suzanne was reported missing on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020.

Her body has not been found.

Still, in a press conference in May 2021, Chaffee County Sherriff John Spezze said he believes Suzanne is no longer alive.

During the first week of June 2021, an order was filed to seal the 130-page affidavit to protect the victims and witnesses involved in the case.

According to the recent judge’s order, the preliminary/proof evident hearing for Morphew will only be live-streamed for immediate family members and at the Fairgrounds which is located at 10165 County Road 120 in Poncha Springs.

Barry Morphew faces the following charges:

  • 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

The courtroom can only fit approximately 24 people, keeping social distancing in mind – so the judge agreed to create another location where people can watch Morphew’s hearing. Recording or rebroadcasting is prohibited.

FOX21 News will be able to live-tweet during the hearing.

The court is reserving seven seats for the media, while public seats will be available only on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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