In addition to reportedly murdering his missing wife, a Colorado man, Barry Morphew, has now been accused of casting a vote for former President Donald Trump in her name.
According to court records filed Thursday, Morphew, 53, was charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor mail ballot offenses.
According to court records, he was previously arrested on May 5 in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, about a year ago on charges of first-degree murder after deliberation, interfering with physical evidence, and an effort to manipulate a public servant.
Suzanne Morphew, 49, was last seen on May 10, 2020, near the small mountain town of Salida in Chaffee County, with her husband and two daughters. She hasn’t been seen since.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, when the Chaffee County Clerk’s Office received a voter ballot in the mail for the missing person in October, the county clerk reported the alleged voter fraud to authorities.
According to the affidavit, the Chaffee County sheriff confiscated the ballot and its envelope as proof, and Barry Morphew’s ballot and envelope were also seized in March during a months-long investigation.
According to the affidavit, Barry Morphew admitted to sending his wife’s ballot during an interview with FBI agents in April.
“Just because I wanted Trump to win,” he allegedly said, per a transcript of the conversation included in the affidavit. “I just thought, give him another vote.”
“I figured all these other guys are cheating,” he allegedly said, adding that his wife “was going to vote for Trump anyway,” according to the affidavit.
He reportedly told FBI agents that he had no idea it was illegal to vote on someone else’s ballot. According to the affidavit, he reportedly said, “I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse.”
In the murder case, Barry Morphew is being held in the Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond. His next court appearance is set for May 27. His lawyers are state public prosecutors who don’t speak on criminal cases.
Authorities say no further arrests are planned in connection with Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance. The murder charge’s arrest affidavit is sealed, and prosecutors have not identified a possible cause of death.
Donald Trump repeatedly falsely claimed that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Arrests made associated with voter fraud have all been of individuals who illegally voted for Trump.
Bruce Bartman, 70, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to casting an illegal ballot for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. He was sentenced to five years’ probation earlier this month.
Bartman admitted to casting the illegal vote in his dead mother’s name. On Friday he told the court that what he did was a “stupid mistake.”
“I was isolated last year in lockdown,” Bartman said to Common Pleas Court Judge George Pagano. “I listened to too much propaganda and made a stupid mistake.”
Bartman pleads guilty to two felony counts of perjury and one count of unlawful voting. He was caught after investigators discovered that he used the driver’s license of his dead mother to register her to vote online. Bartman then filled out an absentee ballot in his mother’s name.
When Bartman voted in his mother’s name she had been dead for more than 12 years.