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Jury selection scheduled for Patrick Frazee murder trial

Kenney’s witness role explains plea deal leniency, lawyer says
Posted at 5:12 AM, Oct 28, 2019

TELLER COUNTY — The man accused of killing his former fiancée last November will stand trial for murder next month in Teller County. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to start jury selection this morning in a case that is expected to last at least 3 weeks. As of Monday morning, it is not known if today's session will be delayed due to inclement weather.

Prosecutors believe Frazee used a baseball bat to beat Berreth to death inside her Woodland Park townhome on Nov. 22. He faces eight total counts, including first-degree murder, for the killing of Kelsey Berreth. Berreth was last seen on Nov. 22.

The judge has issued an ordered barring live tweeting from court but we will provide updates throughout the trial from News5's Sam Kraemer.

The investigation revealed Frazee sought help from his girlfriend, 33-year-old Krystal Kenney of Twin Falls, Idaho, on several occasions. Kenney went as far as to meet Berreth at her home with a cover story, as part of a plot to kill Berreth with a poisoned coffee, but couldn't go through with the crime.

Kenney, however, is the main reason prosecutors believe Frazee killed Berreth. She provided the story, saying Frazee again sought her help to clean up the crime scene and burn Berreth's body to cover his tracks.

Kenney told investigators she intentionally left spots of blood for police to find inside Berreth's townhome. In addition, Kenney said she drove Berreth's cell phone to Idaho as a way of throwing off police at Frazee's direction.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, Kenney pleaded guilty to one count of evidence tampering in exchange for her testimony against Frazee. Her plea deal also bars her from speaking with the press.

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