SALID – Male DNA that matches partial profiles found in three unsolved sexual assault cases was found in the car of a missing Colorado woman whose husband is accused of killing her, an investigator said Tuesday.
Partial DNA profile created from DNA left on Suzanne Morphew’s glove box matched profiles developed in sexual assault cases in Chicago, Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Agent Joseph Cahill said, The Denver Post reported. Barry Morphew’s DNA not found in DNA sample, attorneys say, KUSA-TV reported.
Cahill’s testimony came as he was questioned by one of Morphew’s attorneys on the final day of a hearing to determine whether Morphew will stand trial on murder and other charges in the alleged death of his wife.
Morphew, 53, was indicted in May after pleading for the safe return of his wife on social media shortly after her disappearance by a neighbor on Mother’s Day in 2020. He did not still been invited to plead.
Based on their questioning during the four-day hearing, prosecutors believe Morphew killed his wife, Suzanne Morphew, on the evening of May 9, 2020, before going to work in the Denver area the next day, which was the party. mothers. His body was not found.
Lawyers for Barry Morphew also questioned investigators on Tuesday about statements he made about how much he loved his wife and how he said he searched nearly 518 square kilometers for her after her disappearance.
Barry Morphew held back tears when his attorney Dru Nielsen asked retired FBI agent Jonathan Grusing about statements Barry Morphew made to him. The husband continued to say he loved Suzanne Morphew after investigators told him she was having an affair.
“He said, ‘That doesn’t mean I don’t like him,'” said Grusing.
During cross-examination, Grusing also said that several dogs trained to detect decomposing bodies did not react to such evidence in Barry Morphew’s truck.
While the prosecution has repeatedly referred to a tranquilizer gun and accessories found in the couple’s home, the defense released body camera footage showing the Chaffee County Sheriff’s deputies saying they did not believe the gun was working. Prosecutors have not explained whether or how the tranquilizer gun and its parts may have been involved in Suzanne Morphew’s death.
Judge Patrick Murphy has said he will decide whether there is enough evidence for Barry Morphew to stand trial at a hearing on September 17.
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