The Latest: Judge orders trial in Colorado woman’s death
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the case of the death of a missing Colorado woman (all times local):
A Colorado judge has ruled a man will stand trial on charges of murder and solicitation to commit murder in his fiancee’s death.
Teller County Judge Scott Sells made the decision Tuesday after a daylong hearing detailing prosecutors’ evidence against 32-year-old Patrick Frazee in Kelsey Berreth’s death.
Frazee has not yet entered a plea to the charges.
Berreth was last seen on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, near her home in Woodland Park. Her body has not been found.
Tuesday’s dramatic testimony included details provided to police by a woman who says she was having an affair with Frazee.
Investigators said Krystal Jean Lee Kenney reported that Frazee beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving Day then called her for help cleaning up. Kenney told police Frazee burned Berreth’s remains.
A woman told police that a Colorado man beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving Day then called for her to help clean up blood at the flight instructor’s home.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified Tuesday that Krystal Jean Lee Kenney described the scene inside Kelsey’s Berreth’s home as “horrific.” Kenney told police she brought gloves, a protective body suit and trash bags from her home in Idaho at Patrick Frazee’s request.
Frazee is charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder. Berreth’s body has not been found.
According to earlier testimony, Kenney and Frazee began a romantic relationship in March 2018.
Kenney pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and is expected to testify against Frazee as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
A woman who has pleaded guilty to helping thwart the investigation into a Colorado woman’s disappearance told police that she was in a romantic relationship with the man now charged in his fiancee’s death.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified Tuesday that Krystal Jean Lee Kenney told investigators that she and Patrick Frazee became involved in March 2018.
Slater said Kenney told police that Frazee claimed his fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, abused the couple’s 1-year-old daughter. Slater said there is no evidence of abuse.
Kenney said Frazee suggested that she drug a coffee and give it to Berreth. Police said Kenney admitted going to Berreth’s home to give her a coffee in September. Kenney said she did not tamper with that drink.
Frazee is charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder. Berreth has not been found.
Police searching the home of a missing Colorado woman initially found no evidence of foul play but later discovered traces of blood belonging to Kelsey Berreth.
The new information was revealed Tuesday during a court hearing. Berreth’s fiance, Patrick Frazee, has been charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the 29-year-old’s death. He has not entered a plea.
Authorities had released little information about what led to Frazee’s arrest until Tuesday.
Police searched Berreth’s Woodland Park home after she was reported missing Dec. 2 and found no evidence inside the home. But several days later, Berreth’s parents reported finding blood in the bathroom.
Tests later determined blood found on the toilet, the exterior of the bath tub, a trash can, electrical outlet, door hinges and a towel rack belongs to Berreth.
Prosecutors have filed additional charges against the Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee.
Patrick Frazee is in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether he will stand trial in Kelsey Berreth’s death. Her body has not been found but police have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home on or around Thanksgiving.
Colorado prosecutors added a charge accusing Frazee of tampering with a deceased body and two charges of committing a crime of violence, which would let the state request a harsher penalty on conviction.
A Woodland Park Police commander later testified that cellphone location data showed Berreth’s and Frazee’s phones were in the same location after Nov. 22, the date Frazee told police he last saw Berreth.
A Colorado man charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee is scheduled to appear in court.
Prosecutors are expected to discuss the evidence that led to Patrick Frazee’s arrest during the hearing Tuesday morning.
Frazee was charged in December, more than a month after the last sighting of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth.
Authorities have released little information about the case and key court records remain sealed.
Berreth’s sudden disappearance bewildered the flight instructor’s family and drew national media attention.
Her body has not been found. Police believe she was killed at her home in the small mountain city of Woodland Park on or around Thanksgiving.
Frazee, who is 32, has not entered a plea. He has been jailed since his arrest.