The murder trial for Barry Morphew will move forward.
Judge Ramsey Lama issued an order on Friday saying that the murder case will move forward. The defense has repeatedly asked to have the trial dismissed.
Morphew is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife Suzanne, who went missing on Mother’s Day 2020. Her body has yet to be found.
Judge Lama did say in his 20-page order on Friday that he has identified a “continuing pattern” by the prosecuting attorneys in what he described as an “inability and failure to comply” with their obligations to disclose evidence and follow pre-trial procedure.
In March, the court sanctioned the prosecution for their continued violations and has excluded 14 out of their 16 expert witnesses to testify at trial.
Lama’s order stated that the prosecution’s actions “amount to negligent, and reckless disregard” for their duty to abide by court orders and follow pre-trial procedure but the “Court does not find a reduction of the charges to be an appropriate remedy.”
The Barry Morphew murder trial is set to begin April 28th with jury selection and will last most of May.