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Colorado man suspected in wife’s death appears in court

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man suspected in the death of his wife who disappeared last Mother’s Day made his first appearance in court Thursday to be advised of the charges he could face, including first-degree murder.

Barry Morphew, 53, wore an orange-and-white striped jail uniform during his brief in-person appearance in court in Salida, a historic mountain town about 140 miles southwest of Denver, a day after his arrest in connection with the death of Suzanne Morphew. He only spoke in response to Chief Judge Patrick Murphy’s questions about whether he understood his rights and wanted public defenders appointed to represent him.

Prosecutors said they did not object to Morphew, who is being held in the nearby jail, from being able to have contact with his two daughters as long as it was civil. Murphy allowed the contact but ordered that it could not be harassing.

Barry Morphew made a reference to the daughters needing their mother in a video he posted on Facebook pleading for her safe return shortly after she vanished on May 10, 2020.

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