Patrick Frazee to stand trial for the murder of Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, judge rules
Patrick Frazee set to stand trial later this year on murder and other charges which include tampering with a deceased body, a county judge has ruled on February 19
A man in Colorado who was accused of murdering his fiancee is set to stand trial later this year on murder and other charges which include tampering with a deceased body, a county judge has ruled after a preliminary hearing took place on February 19. 32-year-old Patrick Frazee is scheduled to be arraigned on April 8 in the death of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. The man has been in police custody since late December last year. Berreth, who gave birth to Frazee's 1-year-old daughter, was last spotted on Thanksgiving day and her body hasn't been found since.
KKTV reported that Frazee appeared in court on February 19 for his preliminary hearing. The authorities are convinced that he killed Berreth. New charges were announced in the court including tampering with a deceased human body and violent crime causing death. The main charges of first-degree murder and solicitation of murder remained the same. Disturbing details are reported to have emerged in the hearing.
Krystal Kenney, a woman from Idaho who has been tied to the case, reportedly told the investigators what she did in the crime. Kenney told the investigators that she had been in a romantic relationship with Frazee and claimed that he told her Berreth was physically abusive towards their daughter. The investigators were not able to find any evidence supporting that claim.
It was revealed later that Kenney told the investigators that Frazee took his dead fiancee's body in his car to Nash Ranch in Fremont County after he killed her. She also said that the body was placed on top of haystacks inside a barn. The information was made public after a police officer described what he believes is the series of events that led to the young mother's murder.
The testimony from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) agent in the court revealed the series of events from Kenney's eyes. Kenney said that Frazee had asked her to poison a drink and give it to Berreth to "get rid of her" before November 22 last year. The man had allegedly told his mistress to develop a "rapport" with his fiancee while posing as a new neighbor. Kenney told the investigators that she went to Berreth's home and claimed that she introduced herself with a fake name and a cup of coffee that wasn't laced with anything.
Frazee was allegedly upset that his fiancee wasn't poisoned and was alive and well. Kenney then told the investigators that Frazee had asked her to kill Berreth two more times after, once with a metal pipe and once with an aluminum bat. She said that she couldn't go through with it both of those times.
According to the testimony given by the CBI agent, blood that matched Berreth's was found in several locations in her home's bathroom and this led the investigators to believe that this is where she was murdered. Frazee allegedly told his mistress that he blindfolded Berreth with a sweater and then beat her with a baseball bat. The testimony from the authorities went on to state that Berreth's body was then put in a black bag and then in a truck before Frazee allegedly took it to a ranch in Fremont County.
CBI agent Gregg Slater testified in court on February 19 that Krystal Kenney described the scene inside the young mother's home as "horrific". The mistress told the authorities that she brought gloves, a protective body suit, and trash bags from her home after Frazee requested for them. She told the investigators that when she got to Berreth's home, there was blood on the walls, floor, and even on the child's toys. Kenney claimed that she cleaned up everything and even took a tooth out of an air vent.
According to the testimony that was shared in court, Kenney said she used bleach to clean everything in the home. She also said that she left blood spatter in areas of the house on purpose for the investigators to find. Kenney also said that the couple's daughter was at home during the murder.
Kenney then told the authorities that she went back to the ranch in Fremont County and helped retrieve the dead mother's body. From there, she and Frazee allegedly went to Frazee's property in Florissant where they used gasoline to burn the black bag which contained Berreth's body and the baseball bat that was used to kill her. The body is reported to have burned for hours and Kenney even told the authorities that she took Berreth's phone to Idaho where she turned it on to lead investigators on a false trail.
The preliminary hearing that took place on Tuesday came only days after new documents were revealed to have been filed in a wrongful death lawsuit. The documents suggest that Frazee had killed Berreth because he wanted full custody of their daughter. The Woodland Park Police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information that will help them find Berreth.