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Patrick Frazee waives advisement in first court appearance

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 21, 2018

WOODLAND PARK – Patrick Frazee has now begun his process in the criminal justice system appearing via teleconference in Teller County Court this afternoon.

Frazee appeared alongside his attorney in a remote session that was not open to the media, and in which the judge prohibited any phones or photography. In this event, the media was not allowed to see Frazee as they were positioned behind the television during the teleconference.

Patrick Frazee mugshot<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-130517">Patrick Frazee is booked into the Teller County Jail on a charge of first degree murder.

 

Only his family and the attorney are allowed to speak with him as he’s held without bond.

This is just the beginning of what’s expected to be a long legal process for Frazee. He’s charged with first degree murder for allegedly killing his fiancée Kelsey Berreth. The additional charge of solicitation for first degree murder has legal experts saying Frazee worked with someone else in some capacity to carry out the alleged crime.

That person has still not been identified and all of the court records in this case have been sealed at this point.

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  • Kesely Berreth<div class="caption-wrap"><div class="caption">Kelsey Berreth was last seen in Woodland Park on Nov. 22nd.

With investigators still working in the field to find Kelsey’s body and other evidence, District Attorney Dan May says we can expect prosecutors to play this very close to the vest as the legal process moves forward.

“I can tell you we are not going to try this case in the press. That’s not something we do here. We will inform you of on court dates and anything that’s in the public record going forward,” said May. “So I anticipate it’ll be probably up to 30 days before the court may address whether records may be unsealed at this point.”

Cameras were not allowed inside the Teller County Courtroom for Frazee’s appearance. We know he’s scheduled to be back in court on New Year’s Eve at 9 a.m. The defense is expected to argue in favor of limiting pre-trial publicity.

A legal expert we spoke with says in order for the DA’s office to file these kinds of charges they have a lot of information and the mystery person involved knows a lot about the situation too.