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Colorado man beat fiancée to death with bat, burned body

20 February 2019

Almost three months after Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth went missing, prosecutors on Tuesday filed new charges against her fiancé before presenting evidence and calling witnesses during a preliminary hearing in Cripple Creek, Colorado, west of Colorado Springs.

Frazee has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

Berreth was last seen in public on November 22, when a security camera captured her entering a grocery store with her one-year-old daughter, Kaylee, in the mountain town of Woodland Park, Colorado, 90 miles (145 km) southwest of Denver.

Kenney said she was not involved in the fatal attack, but the suspect ordered her to clean up the victim's home after he killed her, Slater said.

Additional charges have been filed against Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth.

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 wanted to please Frazee and feared that he would harm her or her family if she did not cooperate. Blood in the bathroom identified as Berreth's was discovered December 6, days after police turned the property over to her family.

Frazee tried to enlist Kenney to dispose of the body in Idaho but she refused, according to Slater. The prosecution will also have to prove that there is enough evidence against Frazee for this case to exist.

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.

Frazee then burned the body, along with other items and disposed of the remains, which have not been located, Slater testified.

Kenney later claimed to investigators that Frazee allegedly provided her with a picture of Berreth and his fiance's address to carry out the devious plan.

According to the lawsuit filed in the US District Court of Colorado, Frazee lied when he said he and Berreth had agreed to a 50/50 shared custody of their child who is referred to as KB in the documents. Berreth's mother Cheryl, it was noted, told authorities that she spoke with her daughter before she went missing and said that there was no mention of a sudden trip. Berreth has not been found.

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Frazee faces two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the first degree. Few details on why Frazee was arrested have been released to the public.

Woodland Park Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that helps them find Berreth.

Berreth's brother, Clinton, had alerted investigators on December 4 to blood in her bathroom and evidence of attempts to clean it, Slater testified.

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.

Frazee's court-appointed lawyers earlier said they would not comment on the case outside of court.

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. She is set to testify against him as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors are expected to discuss the evidence that led to Patrick Frazee's arrest during the hearing Tuesday morning.

Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day.

Authorities in Colorado and Idaho are working together to solve the case.

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.

The first witness Tuesday was Frazee's mother, Sheila, who invoked her Fifth Amendment rights.

Colorado man beat fiancée to death with bat, burned body