CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (CBS4) – The Idaho woman who pleaded guilty to hiding evidence in the Kelsey Berreth murder investigation said that Patrick Frazee, who has been charged with his fiancee’s murder, said Frazee told her to kill Berreth. Krystal Jean Lee Kenney also told investigators that she was in a romantic relationship with Frazee.
The new information was revealed in Teller County Court on Tuesday during the preliminary hearing for Frazee. Up until this point, little was known about what led to the arrest of the Florrisant man in late December. Berreth, 29, was last seen on Thanksgiving and is presumed dead.
After the hearing that lasted several hours on Tuesday, Teller County Judge Scott Sells confirmed that there is enough evidence for Frazee to stand trial for murder and other charges.
During a search of Berreth’s Woodland Park home when she was first reported missing, investigators initially found no evidence of foul play. Her parents reported finding blood in the bathroom. Investigators tested blood found on the toilet, bathtub exterior, trash can, electrical outlet, door hinges and towel rack, and determined that it belonged to Berreth.
Kenney told detectives that Frazee beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving Day and then called her to help clean up blood inside the home. She described the scene inside the home as “horrific” and said that she brought gloves, a protective body suit and trash bags from her Idaho home.
Kenney told police that Frazee claimed that Berreth abused the couple’s 1-year-old daughter and that he was afraid she would harm the child. CBI agents testified that there was no evidence of abuse.
“We heard evidence that Patrick Frazee contacted Krystal Lee in Idaho on three separate occasions had her come to Colorado to murder Kelsey,” said Jennifer Viehman, the prosecutor.
Kenney said Frazee suggested that she drug Berreth’s favorite coffee drink, a caramel macchiato, and give it to Berreth. She also told police that she carried the drugs that she could use to poison the coffee. Police said Kenney admitted to buying the drink to give to Berreth but that she didn’t put any drugs in that drink.
“Krystal tells investigators that she didn’t comply with any of those and that the last time she was here on October 21 she sat and said ‘I can’t do this…’ and tells Patrick ‘I can’t do this,'” said Viehman.
Frazee, 32, was charged more than a month after the last sighting of Berreth. She was last seen on surveillance video with the couple’s daughter at a grocery store near her home.
Berreth’s body has not been found.
Frazee has not entered a plea and has been in custody since his arrest.
Earlier this month, Kenney, 32, pleaded guilty to helping derail the investigation by tampering with evidence, specifically Berreth’s cellphone. Kenney agreed to testify against Frazee.
This week, prosecutors added a charge accusing Frazee of tampering with a deceased body and two charges of committing a crime of violence. That could result in a harsher sentence for Frazee.