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BARRY MORPHEW TRIAL: Judge allows change of location requested in murder trial

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. – Accused murderer Barry Morphew and his security team have been asked to change locations. The trial will now be heard in Fremont County, instead of Chaffee County, where the alleged crime took place.

The defense teams submitted that proposal because, they said, too many people in Salida and Chaffee County were familiar with the case. They said that would make it difficult to find a fair jury.

Massive search efforts and a major media presence were convened in the area after Morphew’s wife, Suzanne, was reported. Missing Mother’s Day Weekend 2020. Her body was never found and she is presumed dead.

>> Read the full order regarding the change of location in the Morphew murder trial

This photo provided by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office shows Barry Morphew. Morphew was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, as a result of an ongoing investigation to date involving more than 135 searches across Colorado and interviews with more than 400 people in many states, said Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze, Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Morphew was arrested nearly a year after Suzanne went missing and was charged with murder. He also faces the following charges in connection with the case:

The prosecution argued that the murder case should be held in the county where the alleged crime was committed, but they could not convince the judge.

Morphew maintained his chastity in the weeks and months after Suzanne’s disappearance.

FOX21’s Lauren Scharf will provide updates during the day.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/judge-grants-change-of-venue-request-in-barry-morphew-murder-trial/ BARRY MORPHEW TRIAL: Judge allows change of location requested in murder trial

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