A Florissant rancher accused of killing his fiancée Kelsey Berreth and burning her stays on a makeshift pyre is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Cripple Creek.
In the course of the arraignment, Patrick Frazee is anticipated to enter a plea within the alleged homicide of Berreth, a pilot teacher and mom of their 1-year-old woman. Frazee is being held with out bond. Berreth’s stays haven’t been discovered.
Teller County District Court docket Decide Scott Sells may additionally set a date for a trial on the listening to. In a decorum order issued Wednesday, Sells barred the media from taking video or photographic pictures of the continuing out of concern that widespread media protection of the case may impinge on Frazee’s proper to a good trial.
Frazee is accused of fatally beating Berreth on Thanksgiving Day. He has persistently denied the allegations.
Frazee’s girlfriend, Krystal Lee, a 32-year-old Idaho nurse who has admitted complicity earlier than and after the alleged killing, advised Colorado Bureau of Investigation brokers that she watched Frazee burn Berreth’s stays on a pyre of gasoline-soaked wooden on a cattle water trough at his Florissant ranch two days after the alleged homicide. She claims she spent 4 hours scrubbing the bloody partitions and flooring of Berreth’s residence two days later.
A large search of a landfill for Berreth’s stays that lasted for a number of weeks was finally discontinued.
Though Lee is a key witness within the case, a small military of state, federal and native legislation enforcement officers and forensic scientists have developed what they are saying is corroborating proof supporting her allegations and disputing feedback Frazee made about Berreth’s disappearance.
For instance, though authorities initially solely discovered Berreth’s blood in her townhome lavatory, Lee advised CBI brokers that the battering really passed off in the lounge. Crime-scene specialists pulled up the wooden flooring and located blood within the seams of the wooden, police say.
Lee posed for pictures of her stating blood spatter on the partitions of Berreth’s residence that she claims she deliberately left behind hoping police would discover the proof.
One other key piece of proof contains Berreth’s mobile phone. Lee admitted to police that on Frazee’s route, she took his fiancée’s cellphone to Idaho in an try to determine an alibi for himself. Authorities allege Frazee’s model of occasions contradicts his story that Berreth was headed to Washington or Idaho to go to household.
Lee claims Frazee’s said motive was to kill Berreth as a result of she was an abusive mom and he feared she would hurt their 1-year-old daughter Kaylee.
Berreth’s dad and mom, who reside in Idaho, have been granted momentary custody of the kid.