On May 5. 2021, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Barry Morphew, who was booked into the Chaffee County Detention Facility without bond. The sheriff's office said they interviewed more than 400 people in the case and have investigated 1,400 tips. The arrest warrant remained sealed.
According to the court records, prosecutors allege Barry Morphew "unlawfully, feloniously, after deliberation, and with the intent to cause the death of a person other than himself, caused the death of Suzanne Renee Morphew" sometime between May 9 and May 10, 2020."
The charges also allege he "unlawfully and feloniously willfully destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed, or altered a human body, part of a human body, or human remains with intent to impair its or their appearance or availability in the official proceedings."
Morphew will also receive a charge of forging public documents after he allegedly submitted a ballot for the 2020 presidential election in Suzanne's name, KKTV-TV reports.
According to KKTV, Barry Morphew said he did it because he "wanted Trump to win." The FBI agent asked if he knew it was illegal to send in someone else's ballot, and he responded, "I didn’t know you couldn’t do that for your spouse."