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Frazee murder trial expected to start Friday

Posted at 4:10 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 13:30:30-04

TELLER COUNTY — The trial of a Florissant man charged in the murder of his fiancé is expected to begin Friday.

This week, the court completed individual jury selection for the trial of 33-year-old Patrick Frazee. He faces eight total charges — two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, one count of tampering with a deceased human body and two counts of a crime of violence — for the presumed murder of Kelsey Berreth on Thanksgiving 2018.

A group of 91 people was chosen to participate in group voir dire. Voir dire is the process of questioning jurors from a larger pool to seat a jury.

The jury will contain 12 people with four alternates on standby.

No hearings are scheduled for Thursday. Friday morning, the court plans to begin group jury selection and anticipate that being complete to begin the trial Friday afternoon.

Each side would get an hour for an opening statements. Courtroom discussions show the state plans to call Cheryl and Clint Berreth, Kelsey's mother and brother respectively, to the witness stand Friday, according to NBC News.

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