Suzanne Morphew had been having an affair for two years before she vanished last May, police revealed on Monday at the first day of her husband Barry’s murder trial.
Barry, 53, is on trial for the murder of his 49-year-old wife who vanished from their
Prosecutors haven’t revealed any of the evidence they used to charge him nor have they laid out a motive.
Monday’s hearing was the first time any of the details that went into their case emerged. They include;
- Suzanne was having an affair with Jeff Libler, a Michigan man who she’d gone to high school with in Indiana
- They met up seven times in several states and exchanged messages on LinkedIn to try to hide their romance from Barry, who became suspicious after reading some of their texts
- Suzanne had been taking antidepressants and told friends she was begging Barry for a divorce but he refused to give her one
- Suzanne had a spy pen that she was going to use to snoop on Barry because she was convinced he was also having an affair
- She told friends in text messages that Barry turned their daughters against her whenever they argued
- The defense pointed to unidentified male DNA that was found in Suzanne’s Range Rover on the steering wheel – it is not Barry’s and it matches 3 profiles in the criminal database
- Barry was awake on the morning of her disappearance and was ‘disposing of evidence’ between 2am and 5am
Chaffee County Sheriff’s Commander Alex Walker testified that Suzanne suspected her husband of having an affair so bought a spy pen to put in his car.
Instead, it was she who was having the affair. She and Libler – who lives in Michigan – met up seven times in multiple states. They communicated over LinkedIn to avoid detection and one of their last conversations involved Suzanne telling him she was in love with him.
Barry Morphew learned his wife Suzanne had been having a two-year affair with one of her high school classmates in the days before allegedly killing her last Mother’s Day, police revealed at the first day of his murder trial on Monday
The court was also shown bodycam footage of people police spoke to in the early stages of their investigations last May, after Suzanne went missing.
A neighbor called 911 after Mallory, one of the couple’s daughters, tried texting her to wish her a Happy Mothers’ Day but became alarmed when the texts didn’t go through.
The case went unsolved for months until June this year when Barry was suddenly arrested
Shortly afterwards, police interviewed the other daughter Macy’s boyfriend Miles who told them that Barry and Suzanne had ‘problems’ and had discussed separating.
‘They’ve had some problems in the past. They have talked about separating.
‘I’ve known this through Macy,’ he said.
Sheriffs found out about the affair when they were looking into Suzanne’s disappearance in November last year, but it’s unclear how.
They then went to Libler and asked him about the affair and he asked if he was a target in the investigation.
He and Suzanne attended high school together in Alexandria, Indiana, according to
It’s unclear if Libler is married or if he was at the hearing on Monday and it’s unclear Barry found out about the affair.
The court heard on Monday how the pair would exchange messages via LinkedIn after initially striking up a romance via text.
It started in 2018 when Suzanne texted him asking how he was.
They met up in total seven times in different states.
One piece of evidence that was mentioned was a spy pen which had previously been vaguely referred to in documents.
The spy pen belonged to Suzanne and Walker said she had it because she suspected Barry of having an affair.
‘Barry wasn’t having an affair. Suzanne was having an affair for two years,’ Walker told the court.
The court also heard from Suzanne’s friend of 30 years, Sheila Oliver. She testified that Barry and Suzanne had been having marital problems.
The court was shown screenshots of their text messages where Suzanne called Barry ‘unstable’.
Suzanne told Sheila that Barry would turn their daughters against her, or try to, when they were arguing.
The couple with their two daughters, Mallory and Macy, who have been supporting their father
Barry Morphew is being held in jail without bond. So far the prosecution has kept much of its case secret – his attorneys are protesting against it and say he should be granted bail
She also told her that she and Barry argued when she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment while battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Sheila testified on Monday Macy, the Morphews’ youngest daughter, encouraged her mother to get a divorce and file a restraining order against her father.
The court also heard that Suzanne had been taking antidepressants before she vanished, and that the pair had argued about money.
She had inherited the money and the couple used it on a house, according to reporters who were in the court.
Unlike at past hearings, there were no cameras inside the court for Monday’s hearing and the judge is not allowing it to be live streamed.
Fox 21 reporter Lauren Scharf tweeted on Monday that Barry’s sister approached her in court and told her she was ‘ruining’ their lives.
The girls Macy and Mallory cried during some of the testimony.