Patrick Frazee allegedly asked mistress to kill fiance Kelsey Berreth: 'All you gotta do is hit her in the head and put her in the trash'
Patrick Frazee is now on trial for murdering Kelsea Berreth and burning her body on his ranch in Colorado
The last time Colorado mother-of-one Kelsey Berreth was seen alive was nearly a year ago. Surveillance video had captured Berreth walking into a grocery store with her infant daughter on Thanksgiving morning in 2018.
Her fiance and the father of her child, Patrick Frazee, is now on trial for murdering Berreth and burning her body on his ranch. He had earlier tried to claim that she was an alcoholic and abusive to their infant daughter. However, Berreth's best friend had reportedly said that Frazee was "borderline emotionally abusive towards Berreth", and that she had once come to her crying after one of her altercations with her fiance. The couple didn't live together despite having a child together.
According to KOAA-TV, prosecutors allege that Frazee had asked his mistress to kill Berreth at least three times.
On Friday, a jury was seated for the Frazee's trail, and the hearing started with attorneys laying out two versions of events that led to the 29-year-old Colorado mother's death.
Prosecutors called Frazee a "cold, calculating manipulator," and prosecutor Jennifer Viehman said, "this man is a killer." They plan to prove that Frazee killed the mother of his child and convinced Krystal Lee Kenney, a former Idaho nurse he once had an affair with, to help him clean it up.
Countering the prosecution, the defense attorney Ashely Porter noted that their client had no motive to murder Berreth and that her body wasn't found.
Both sides focused their opening statements on Kenney, who had pleaded guilty to evidence tampering for moving Berreth's cellphone. Under a plea deal, she agreed to testify against Frazee.
According to Viehman, Frazee asked Kenney at least thrice to kill Berreth: "All you gotta do is hit her in the head and put her in the trash can."
After the prosecution and defense, Berreth's mother took the stand and recalled the last conversation she had with her daughter.
Frazee has pled not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit murder, and tampering with a body. If convicted, he faces life in prison.