CRIPPLE CREEK — The Teller County man convicted of murdering his former fiancé will soon learn whether he still has a stake in parenting the couple's 2-year-old daughter.
Patrick Frazee, 33, was in court Thursday for an advisement hearing in an ongoing custody case for the daughter he shared with Kelsey Berreth. Four parties are seeking custody of the daughter: the Berreths, Frazee, Sheila Frazee (Patrick's mother) and Erin Frazee (Patrick's sister).
The public was kicked out of the courtroom at the start of the hearing, as has been the standard for every hearing in the custody case. A court spokesman told News 5 Judge Scott Sells would not release an update on the hearing like he's done in previous hearings.
Instead, court scheduling shows Frazee is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 31 for a termination of parental rights hearing. Judge Sells blocked out the entire day for that hearing, which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.
In Colorado, judges have the power to evaluate whether a person is fit to be the parent to their child. They consider several factors, like the best interest of the child, clear evidence of violence or abuse toward the child, and if the parent takes substantial responsibility for the child.
In November, Frazee was sentenced to the maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 156 years, plus five years with parole for solicitation.