Colorado man beat fiancé to death with
bat, burned body: police
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[February 20, 2019]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado man accused
of murdering his fiancé last November beat the young mother to death
with a baseball bat before burning her body, a homicide investigator
told a hearing on Tuesday, a court official said.
The gruesome details emerged at a day-long preliminary hearing in Teller
County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colorado, to decide if there was
probable cause to try Patrick Frazee for the disappearance and slaying
of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth.
Prosecutors have charged Frazee, 32, with first-degree murder,
solicitation to commit murder, and tampering with a deceased body. He
has been held without bond since his arrest in December.
Teller County District Judge Scott Sells ruled there was sufficient
evidence to bind Frazee over for trial, and set an April 8 arraignment
date for him to enter a plea.
Frazee’s court-appointed lawyers earlier said they would not comment on
the case outside of court.
Gregg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation,
testified that Frazee blindfolded Berreth and beat her to death by
hitting her on the head with a baseball bat, Jon Sarche, a public
information officer with the Colorado Judicial Branch, confirmed to
Frazee then burned the body, along with other items and disposed of the
remains, which have not been located, Slater testified.
The crime details were provided to investigators by Krystal Kenney, an
Idaho woman with whom Frazee had a relationship, and whom he tried to
persuade to kill Berreth.
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Patrick Frazee, 32, appears in a booking photo provided by the
Woodland Park Police Department in Woodland Park, Colorado, U.S.,
December 21, 2018. Woodland Park Police Department/Handout via
Kenney, 32, told detectives that Frazee wanted her to either poison
Berreth’s coffee after befriending her, or beat her to death. But
she refused, so Frazee carried out the slaying on his own,
Kenney pleaded guilty this month to evidence tampering and, as part
of a plea bargain, agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
Investigators said Berreth’s cell phone pinged off a tower near
Kenney’s Idaho home, and police were led to Kenney by Frazee’s cell
phone records that showed his calls to her.
Berreth was last seen in public on Nov. 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.
Berreth’s parents, Cheryl and Darrell Berreth, have filed a federal
wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee in U.S. District Court in
Denver, saying he killed their daughter to get custody of the child.
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Editing by Clarence
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