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Barry Morphew, the Colorado man charged with murder in the Mother’s Day disappearance of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, was ordered held without bail at his first court appearance Thursday.
Morphew, wearing a white-and-orange inmate jumpsuit, said little during the 15-minute court appearance, during which he remained handcuffed, the Colorado Springs Gazette said.
The judge issued an order of protection for the 52-year-old murder suspect, which grants him the right to speak with the couple’s two daughters, who were in court.
“That contact must be civil,” 11th Judicial District Judge Patrick Murphy told him, the Gazette reported. “So, you cannot threaten, harass, or annoy.”
Barry Morphew is due back in court May 27.
He is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and attempt to influence a public official nearly one year after his wife went missing after a Mother’s Day bike ride near the Morphews’ home.
Authorities said at a press conference Wednesday that Suzanne Morphew’s body has yet to be found, but added they are confident they have enough to make a case.
An affidavit that led to his arrest remains sealed, with prosecutors saying few details will be released because the case remains part of an ongoing investigation.
Suzanne Morphew’s disappearance led to a massive search for her, including an online plea from her husband, who offered a $100,000 reward.
But investigators increasingly focused their attention on Barry Morphew, with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office last month turning over their findings to prosecutors, who issued a warrant for his arrest this week.
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