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A Colorado man charged with his wife’s murder told police her disappearance might have been God's punishment for her two-year, extra-marital affair, according to a 129-page affidavit, obtained by Oxygen.com.
“Well, now that you tell me that she was having an affair – maybe, I don’t know, maybe in God’s eyes this was his way of resolving something. I don’t know,” Barry Morphew, said to FBI agents during an interview in January of this year, according to the affidavit.
"I've had a very hard time understanding why God did this," he continued, according to the affidavit. "But if I would have known this from the beginning, I wouldn't had to suffer for nine months, not knowing why God did what he did. I'm not saying he did it to punish Suzanne because of her affair, but it makes more sense than what I knew before you guys came today."
Investigators said Morphew, decided to “hunt and control” his wife life an animal after he realized she wanted to leave him,” as previously reported by Oxygen.com. “He resorted to something he has done his entire life—hunt and control Suzanne like he had hunted and controlled animals,” according to the affidavit.
The affidavit was released Monday. The same day Morphew, 53, left jail after posting a $500,000 cash bond. He was captured by local television stations leaving Chaffee County Jail with his two daughters by his side.
He did not respond to questions from reporters. Morphew must wear an ankle monitor as part of the conditions of his release.
A judge ruled earlier this month that the prosecution presented probable cause that there is a reasonable belief that Morphew murdered his wife, Suzanne, even though her body has not been found. He’s charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant.
Morphew has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The affidavit reveals a marriage strained by cheating allegations, alleged alcohol and drug abuse, financial struggles and accusations of emotional and physical abuse, as well as Suzanne’s long struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Suzanne Morphew was reported missing by a neighbor on Mother’s Day last year after she failed to return home from a bike ride. While it began as a missing persons case, authorities no longer believe she’s alive.
Her husband was arrested 360 days after her disappearance, according to KKTV.
Investigators believe Barry killed his wife on May 9, 2020 after he discovered her messaging with a man on LinkedIn.
Before her disappearance Suzanne sent him a text that said “I’m done. I could care less what you’re up to and have been for years. We just need to figure this thing out civilly.” After her disappearance Barry refused to take a polygraph test, according to the affidavit.
Investigators say at least five months before Suzanne disappeared, she took, “clear, articulable steps … to separate from and divorce her husband,” including telling her friends and family about her plans and secretly recording instances in which Morphew allegedly abused her.
Morphew’s trial is scheduled to start on May 3 of next year. It’s expected to conclude by June 1.
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