By Rick Sallinger

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s not gold mining or gambling, but murder taking center stage in Cripple Creek. The jurors return at 8:30 a.m. to receive their instructions then each side will have 90 minutes to present closing arguments in the murder of Kelsey Berreth.

Patrick Frazee (credit: CBS)

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The prosecution will insist Patrick Frazee is guilty of first degree murder by killing the mother of their 2-year-old child with a baseball bat. They will remind the jury of the testimony of Krystal Lee, Frazee’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. She claimed Frazee tried three times to get her to murder Berreth and then he said he killed her himself in Berreth’s home.

Kelsey Berreth

Kelsey Berreth (credit: CBS)

Prosecutors will also site the testimony of a former inmate who took the stand Friday. He presented written messages passed from Frazee asking for help to kill witnesses.

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Krystal Lee Kenney

Krystal Lee (credit: CBS)

Frazee chose not to testify and the defense rested without calling anyone.

The jury should get the case later on Monday.

Frazee faces a total of eight charges: first degree murder, three counts of solicitation to commit first degree murder, two counts of a crime of violence and tampering with a body.

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The jury will also have the option of convicting Frazee of second degree murder or manslaughter.

Rick Sallinger