A Colorado judge ruled Wednesday that Barry Morphew, accused of murder his missing his wife, Suzanne Morphew, could continue to live in a luxurious Airbnb rental home in the same neighborhood where the couple once resided, even though her GPS monitor has no reception.
At a hearing in Chaffee County on Wednesday, 11th Judicial District Judge Patrick Murphy said he could not legally bind Barry Morphew to vacate the property known as the "Cushman House " "in the subdivisiont Monarch Estates off Puma Path in Maysville, Colorado, which overlooks the house where he previously lived with Suzanne before his disappearance on May 10, 2020.
This was the first time Morphew has returned past the court since he posted a $ 500,000 cash bond on Sept. 20 and was seen out of Chaffee County jail with his two daughters. Murphy said Morphew can continue to live in the four bedroom Airbnb rental as long as he travels to Poncha Springs, the next town to download the information daily, Fox 21 Colorado Springs reported.
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The rental is located in a wooded area with spotty cell reception. A day after Morphew was released on bail, the executive director of Intervention Inc., an 11th District private probation provider, wrote to inform the court that Barry Morphew had indeed reported that he was equipped with a GPS monitor, but that GPS monitor was not able to pick up a GPS or cellular signal in the area of the accused 's home.
Booking photo by Barry Morphew on May 5, 2021. (Chaffee County Sheriff's Office)
District Attorney Linda Stanley and Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lindsay previously asked the court to change the link from Morphew, claiming he lived too close to trial witnesses who are on a no-contact list.
Morphew's marital home, which was sold in March 2021 for around 1.6 million dollars, is also subject to a protective order after its new owners reported seeing a woman, who has since been identified as Morphew's alleged new girlfriend, Shoshona Darke, on their surveillance camera intrusion on the property and removin g a bundle from the porch. Prosecutors had asked Morphew to instead live in Darke's modest house in downtown Salida, inColorado, which is closer to the courthouse and where it contributes $ 2,000 monthly rent.
Photos obtained by the Mail Daily shows Morphew and Darke in a storage unit in Salida on Monday, loading bins in the back of her truck. Morphew was not arrested until May 5, 2021, almost a year after his wife was reported missing. He is charged with first degree murder, tampering with material evidence and attempting to influence an official and has pleaded not guilty.
In the days leading up to his disappearance, Suzanne sent Barry a text saying she was "done, let's treat this civilly, " according to the arrest affidavit. Investigators said that after Barry Morphew realized he couldn't control Suzanne's insistence on leaving him "he resorted to something he did his best to. life- hunt and control Suzanne as if he had hunted and controlled animals. "
During a preliminary hearing in August, prosecutors alleged that Morphew, an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast, had killed his wife the day before Mother's Day and left for work in the Denver area the next morning. The arrest affidavit says he refused to take a polygraph test in the days following his wife's disappearance and did not initially tell investigators that he 's going out of his way to leave for work that morning, heading for the 'place where his wife's bicycle helmet was finally found.