/Star witness takes stand at trial of man accused of killing fiancee

Star witness takes stand at trial of man accused of killing fiancee

A Colorado man accused of killing his fiancée in a vicious assault in her home is now on trial for her murder, and on Wednesday, he came face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend, who is now the prosecution’s star witness.

Kelsey Berreth, who had a 1-year-old girl with her fiancé, Patrick Frazee, vanished on Nov. 22, 2018, which was Thanksgiving Day. The 29-year-old’s body has never been found.

Frazee was arrested in December. Accused of charges including first-degree murder, he began facing trial last week. His ex-girlfriend, Krystal (Lee) Kenney, claims she was called to help clean up the alleged murder scene. She has pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence and is awaiting sentencing once Frazee’s case concludes.

PHOTO: Patrick Frazee leaves the Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colo., Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Frazee learned of the five charges against him during his brief court appearance Monday in Cripple Creek.Chappin Everett/The Gazette via AP

Patrick Frazee leaves the Teller County District Court in Cripple Creek, Colo., Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Frazee learned of the five charges against him during his brief court appearance Monday in Cripple Creek.

Prosecutors allege the attack unfolded on Thanksgiving at Berreth’s Woodland Park, Colorado, home as the couple’s baby sat in a playpen in a back bedroom.

Frazee allegedly blindfolded Berreth and had her guess the scents of different candles, according to an arrest affidavit. While Berreth was distracted, Frazee allegedly hit her with a bat, which ultimately killed her, the document said.

Kenney, the ex-girlfriend, has claimed that Frazee had three prior plots for killing Berreth, including one that involved Frazee asking her to poison Berreth’s favorite Starbucks drink, a caramel macchiato, according to investigators. Kenney claimed she and Frazee discussed potential drugs that were easy to access because Kenney was a nurse, an investigator said.

PHOTO: In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, a poster with the picture of missing Kelsey Berreth is propped up with candles for a vigil at Memorial Park in Woodland Park, Colo.Kelsey Brunner/The Gazette via AP, FILE

In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, a poster with the picture of missing Kelsey Berreth is propped up with candles for a vigil at Memorial Park in Woodland Park, Colo.

Kenney and Frazee dated in 2006, and after they broke up, Kenney married a man named Chad Lee. But Kenney testified Wednesday that she was still in love with Frazee when she got married.

The exes later reconnected, and she testified that after meeting up in 2015, “We ended up having an affair.”

PHOTO: An undated photo of Krystal Kenney.Colorado Springs Police Department via AP

An undated photo of Krystal Kenney.

In March 2016, Kenney said, she found out she was pregnant with Frazee’s child. Kenney said she ended the pregnancy, but told Frazee she had a miscarriage. She filed for divorce from Lee in May 2016.

In March 2018, which was after Frazee and Berreth’s baby was born, Kenney testified that she met Frazee in Colorado and they “made love” at his home.

Kenney testified that Frazee never mentioned that he had a baby and that she eventually found out from a mutual friend.

Prosecutors argued in opening statements that Frazee was mentally abusing Berreth and wanted custody of their child. They presented a theory that when Berreth talked about possibly moving, Frazee panicked and enlisted the help of his former girlfriend to kill her.

But the defense tried to cast doubt, arguing in opening statements that Frazee’s clothes weren’t bloody and he did not have injuries on his body.

PHOTO: Kelsey Berreth is pictured in an undated handout photo.Woodland Park Police Department

Kelsey Berreth is pictured in an undated handout photo.

The defense has also pointed out that the victim’s body and the murder weapon have never been found.

Frazee’s older brother, Sean Frazee, who is a Colorado Springs police officer, testified Tuesday that the family sat down for Thanksgiving dinner at 3 p.m.

Patrick Frazee did not show up until 5 p.m. and had his and Berreth’s baby with him, Sean Frazee said on the stand. Investigators believe Patrick Frazee had already killed Berreth by the time he arrived at dinner.

PHOTO: In this April 5, 2019, file photo, Teller County Sheriff deputies lead Patrick Frazee out of the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo.Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP, File

In this April 5, 2019, file photo, Teller County Sheriff deputies lead Patrick Frazee out of the Teller County Courthouse in Cripple Creek, Colo.

Berreth’s supervisor, Raymond Siebring, testified Monday for the prosecution that he received a text from the young mom’s phone the night of Thanksgiving. This text did not have an exclamation point or a smiley face, which was unusual for messages from Berreth, Siebring testified.

Days later, on Nov. 25, Siebring said he received a text from Berreth’s phone to say she would be out of work the next week to see her grandmother. Siebring described that as unusual and said Berreth had never asked for a week off over text.

David Felis, a Verizon store employee, testified Monday that Patrick Frazee came into the store on Dec. 4 asking questions about security of phone accounts and how information could be retrieved. Felis described Frazee as “extremely frustrated and upset.”