Colorado Trump supporter Barry Morphew was recently arrested on charges of murdering his wife, Suzanne Morphew, who has been missing since Mother’s Day 2020. Now, prosecutors have filed new charges alleging that he also submitted a presidential ballot in his missing wife’s name, according to local news station KDVR.
Court documents show he now faces one felony count for allegedly forging public documents and a misdemeanor mail in ballot offense. Bond has been set at $1,000 but he’s being held without bail on the murder charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, investigators responded to the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office after the clerk made a report of alleged voter fraud in October of 2020. The clerk told investigators that they’d received a presidential ballot from Suzanne even though she was missing.
The ballot didn’t contain Suzanne’s signature, but it did list Barry as the witness. The ballot was photographed and seized as a piece of evidence.
When Barry was asked by the FBI in April why he submitted a ballot in his missing wife’s name, he indicated he thought it was okay to do so on behalf of a spouse.
“Just because I wanted Trump to win…I know she (Suzanne) was going to vote for Trump anyways,” he told investigators. He also said he thought the “other guys’” were cheating so he would “give him (former president Trump) another vote.”
When FBI agents asked him whether he knew submitting a ballot for someone else’s ballot was illegal, he said, “I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse.”
Image credit: Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office