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Woman says man told her to kill fiancee before fatal beating

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    Patrick Frazee is escorted to an awaiting SUV after a hearing at the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Following the daylong hearing, Teller County Judge Scott Sells found there is enough evidence for Frazee to stand trial for murder and other charges. He was arrested in Dec. 2018, about a month after Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day. Frazee and the victim, Berreth, have an infant daughter together. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

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    Patrick Frazee is escorted to an awaiting SUV after a hearing at the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Following the daylong hearing, Teller County Judge Scott Sells found there is enough evidence for Frazee to stand trial for murder and other charges. He was arrested in Dec. 2018, about a month after Kelsey Berreth, 29, was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day. Frazee and the victim, Berreth, have an infant daughter together. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

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    Patrick Frazee’s mother, Sheila Frazee, right, walks into the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, before Patrick Frazee appeared in court. Patrick Frazee, charged with murder in the death of his missing fiancee Kelsey Berreth, tried to convince a woman he was having an affair with to commit the killing, investigators testified Tuesday. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

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    Patrick Frazee’s mother, Sheila Frazee, right, heads up the hill to the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, before Patrick Frazee appeared in court. Patrick Frazee, charged with murder in the death of his missing fiancee Kelsey Berreth, tried to convince a woman he was having an affair with to commit the killing, investigators testified Tuesday. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018 file photo, Patrick Frazee leaves the Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colo. Frazee, charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, is scheduled to appear in court, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Frazee, who has not entered a plea, has been jailed since his arrest. (Chappin Everett/The Gazette via AP, File)

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    FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, left, leaves in a car as various media record her exit from the Teller Combined Court in Cripple Creek, Colo. Kenney, 32, of Hansen, Idaho, pleaded guilty Friday, to tampering with evidence connected to the death of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen on Nov. 22. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, that Kenney told investigators that she and Patrick Frazee became involved in March 2018. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP, File)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young speaks about the arrest of Patrick Frazee in the murder of his fiance Kelsey Berreth, seen right, who has been missing since Thanksgiving, at the Woodland Park, Colo., City Hall. Additional charges have been filed against Frazee, charged with murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of his missing fiancee, prosecutors said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, File)

Published February 20. 2019 10:54AM

DENVER (AP) — After urging a woman he was having an affair with for months to kill his fiancee, investigators say a Colorado man did it himself on Thanksgiving Day, bludgeoning her to death with a baseball bat.

The grim details revealed in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday provided the first public account of what led prosecutors to charge Patrick Frazee with murder and other charges in the death of Kelsey Berreth, the mother of his 1-year-old daughter.

Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor, was last seen on Nov. 22 near her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs, south of Denver. Her body has not been found.

Investigators testified that Frazee began planning Berreth’s death in September and enlisted an Idaho woman who told authorities they been having a romantic relationship for several months before that.

Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, a 32-year-old former nurse, told police that Frazee claimed Berreth was abusing the couple’s 1-year-old daughter. Police said there is no evidence that the girl was abused by her mother or anyone else.

Frazee asked Kenney to kill Berreth three times, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified Tuesday.

Slater said Kenney reported that Frazee suggested using a poisoned drink from Starbucks in September. Kenney told police that Frazee later told her to hit Berreth in the head using a metal pipe or a baseball bat.

Kenney said he was angry each time she failed to act. She loved Frazee and wanted to make him happy but could not hurt Berreth, Slater said.

Kenney received a call from Frazee on Nov. 22 demanding that she drive to Colorado, Slater said.

“You got a mess to clean up,” Frazee said according to Kenney’s account to police.

She said she arrived two days later and found a “horrific” scene with blood spattered on the walls and floors of Berreth’s townhome, Slater said.

Kenney told police that Frazee had wrapped a sweater around Berreth’s head before beating her to death with a baseball bat and stashing her body on a ranch. After she cleaned the house, Kenney said she went with Frazee to retrieve Berreth’s body and watched as Frazee burned it on his property along with the wooden bat, Slater said.

She said Frazee later told her he planned to throw the remains in a dump or river.

Kenney has pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and is required to testify against Frazee as part of her plea agreement with prosecutors.

Following the daylong hearing, Teller County Judge Scott Sells found there is enough evidence for Frazee to stand trial for murder and other charges.

He was arrested last December, about a month after Berreth was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Prosecutors announced additional charges this week, including tampering with a deceased body.

Frazee has not entered a plea to any of the allegations.

His attorneys focused most of their questions Tuesday on Kenney’s account.

Police acknowledged that Kenney did not see Berreth’s body or a baseball bat. They also said Kenney denied knowing Berreth or having a personal relationship with Frazee when investigators first contacted her in mid-December.

Defense attorneys also highlighted a lack of blood or other physical evidence detected in Frazee’s truck and questioned the Berreth family’s access to Kelsey’s townhome following initial police searches. Blood in the bathroom identified as Berreth’s was discovered Dec. 6, days after police turned the property over to her family.

Apart from Kenney’s account, the prosecution’s case relies heavily on data from cell phone towers charting the physical location of phones belonging to Berreth, Frazee and Kenney. Investigators testified that data showed Berreth’s cell phone was always in the same location as Frazee’s phone or Kenney’s phone after Nov. 22.

The hearing did not reveal why prosecutors believe Frazee killed Berreth. Her parents argue in a wrongful death lawsuit that they believe Frazee wanted full custody of the couple’s 1-year-old daughter. The child has remained with them while the criminal case proceeds.

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