Crime: ‘Spy Pen’ Emerges as Key Piece of Evidence in Case of Accused Colorado Wife Killer Barry Morphew

Army Specialist Darlene Krashoc Was Brutally Strangled in 1987. Now Her Killer Is Finally Behind Bars.

  Army Specialist Darlene Krashoc Was Brutally Strangled in 1987. Now Her Killer Is Finally Behind Bars. Army Specialist Darlene Krashoc was just 20 years old when she was brutally strangled to death and then dumped behind a restaurant in Colorado Springs. That was in 1987. Now, just over 34 years later, the young woman's convicted killer Michael Whyte has finally been sentenced for the crime. The post Army Specialist Darlene Krashoc Was Brutally Strangled in 1987. Now Her Killer Is Finally Behind Bars. first appeared on Law & Crime.“It feels satisfying to know that the hard work and collaboration among multiple agencies in the pursuit of justice finally led to a successful resolution,” CID Forensic Science Officer Jessica Veltri told the Fort Carson Mountaineer in a story published Friday.

a man smiling for the camera: Barry Morphew's mugshot after arrest in alleged murder of his wife Suzanne © Provided by Law & Crime Barry Morphew's mugshot after arrest in alleged murder of his wife Suzanne

Barry Morphew. (Image via the Chaffee County, Colo. Sheriff’s Office.)

Prosecutors have obtained a so-called “spy pen” as evidence against alleged Colorado wife killer Barry Morphew.

That detail emerged in a hearing Thursday in Morphew’s case. The 53-year-old defendant is accused of murdering his wife Suzanne Morphew, 49, who was reported missing by a neighbor on Mother’s Day in 2020. Barry Morphew pleaded for information about his wife’s disappearance in a widely publicized video message before he was ultimately charged with first-degree murder in Chaffee County, Colo., where the case against him remains pending.

Pro-Trump Sheriff's 'Ludicrous' Voting Probe Denounced as Private Investigators Question Clerks

  Pro-Trump Sheriff's 'Ludicrous' Voting Probe Denounced as Private Investigators Question Clerks Michigan's Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf launched the investigation despite Trump winning there by double digits.Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf has claimed, as has Trump, that there was voter fraud leading to President Joe Biden's win in the 2020 election. This claim has led the sheriff to open an investigation into voting machines in Barry County, as officials there have denounced the probe as "absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous," CBS local affiliate News Channel 3 reported on Friday.

The multi-issue Thursday hearing resulted in the announcement of several new details in the case tight-lipped prosecutors are building against the husband-turned-defendant. According to a Fox News report, the upshot of the hearing was that Morphew was denied bond.

Defense attorneys complained during the proceeding that prosecutors have not promptly turned over all of the necessary discovery materials currently held by state and federal authorities. Or, in some cases, where files have been turned over, the digital data did nothing more than provide an error message on defense computers when Morphew’s attorneys attempted to review the evidence.

The defense has asked that Morphew’s first-degree murder charge should be dropped to second-degree murder.

Cold case murder of East Texas woman from 2007 gets a fresh look by new sheriff

  Cold case murder of East Texas woman from 2007 gets a fresh look by new sheriff 19-year-old Brittany was brutally murdered while she slept at her boyfriend’s house in Winnsboro, Texas on May 4, 2007.“You couldn’t help but feel happy around her,” Brittany’s half-sister Hope McGlone told Dateline. “With her positive outlook on life, she would just radiate good energy. I don’t think she ever had a bad day. We should all strive to live like she did.

a person standing in front of a window: Suzanne Morphew is seen in an image provided by the Chaffee County, Colo. Sheriff's Office. © Provided by Law & Crime Suzanne Morphew is seen in an image provided by the Chaffee County, Colo. Sheriff's Office.

Suzanne Morphew. (Image via the Chaffee County, Colo. Sheriff’s Office.)

“It is unfair that Mr. Morphew is sitting in jail being held hostage when there is no physical evidence that a murder has occurred,” defense attorney Iris Eytan told Judge Patrick William Murphy, according to the Fox News report. The report explains in slightly more detail:

Murphy ordered prosecutors to provide enhanced audio from the spy pen, surveillance footage, photos and data from laptops and an Amazon Kindle e-reader within seven days. Prosecutors said they plan to call more than a dozen witnesses at trial.

Elsewhere, the report notes that the “laptops” included both an HP laptop and an Apple laptop “recovered from Barry’s home.” Phone data from Suzanne’s iCloud account is also among the state’s reported cache. The evidence is said to add up to approximately one terabyte of data — and the defense balked that it was handed over this week, rather than by a June 2nd deadline.

He spent two decades in prison for church murders he didn't commit. Newly discovered DNA evidence just helped exonerate him

  He spent two decades in prison for church murders he didn't commit. Newly discovered DNA evidence just helped exonerate him A man who spent two decades in prison for a 1985 double homicide during church bible study has been exonerated, with all charges against him dropped. © Stephen B. Morton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP Dennis Perry, center, has been spending time at home with his wife, Brenda, right, since his release from prison one year ago. Newly discovered DNA evidence from a hair sample shows Dennis A.

The “spy pen” itself is alleged to have contained audio of Suzanne “talking to a man on the phone.” According to a report from Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM-TV, Eytan said the raw file was “very hard to hear.” Eytan noted that “other recorded messages from the same individual, which she said were extremely critical to the case,” also exist. An FBI-enhanced version of the audio also reportedly exists.

a woman smiling for the camera: Missing woman Suzanne Morphew. Authorities say they believe she is dead. © Provided by Law & Crime Missing woman Suzanne Morphew. Authorities say they believe she is dead.

Suzanne Morphew. (Image via the Chaffee County, Colo. Sheriff’s Office.)

That’s a rough sketch of the type of evidence prosecutors have in their possession and what the defense wants to obtain. Prosecutors “will rely heavily on hotel surveillance video and photographs taken by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,” Fox News said; the secondary evidence is necessary because prosecutors have not found a body.

Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Linda Stanley said defense attorneys were unnecessarily vilifying her office.

“The statement of we’ve had all this discovery for a year, is just not true,” Stanley reportedly said in court. “I understand our obligation of discovery.”

Secretary Haaland, Colorado's epic drought highlights the need to end fossil fuel extraction

  Secretary Haaland, Colorado's epic drought highlights the need to end fossil fuel extraction Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is visiting Colorado this week so she can see up close how heat, drought and rampant fossil-fuel extraction have ravaged once-beautiful parts of our state.When she returns to Washington, D.C., Haaland will have all the more evidence to support a ban on new oil and gas leases on public lands and a managed transition away from fossil fuels. The Biden administration's review of what drilling and fracking on public lands is doing to the climate, if done correctly, will show that any new extraction would run counter to climate science and catastrophic to the planet.

She added that her office has had dozens of conversations with the defense to try to get materials handed over as quickly as possible.

Stanley admitted that some of the files may have been copied incorrectly when provided to the defense. The defense continued to accuse her office of delay tactics as both sides look toward a four-day preliminary hearing which could involve as many as eighteen witnesses, KXRM reported.

The local station also noted that a 130-page arrest warrant affidavit remains sealed despite attempts by news organizations to view it.

KXRM said Judge Murphy ruled that “the prosecution did violate his orders on handing over all of the evidence in June,” but he decided to “giv[e] the state seven days to hand over evidence that the defense said they never received, including the FBI-enhanced audio of the spy pen recordings.”

The post ‘Spy Pen’ Emerges as Key Piece of Evidence in Case of Accused Colorado Wife Killer Barry Morphew first appeared on Law & Crime.

7/29 AM newsletter .
7/29

See also