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Latest testimony in Frazee trial reveals partial tooth found at burn site

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-11 10:57:24-05

TELLER COUNTY — Patrick Frazee's murder trial will pick back up Tuesday morning as the court observes Veterans Day today.

Early on Friday afternoon, several FBI agents testified about their searches of the Frazee and Berreth properties, about the burn pit and the plastic remnants, and about their discovery of a partial tooth, which prosecutors tested for DNA earlier this summer.

At the end of the day Friday, the man at the witness stand in the Teller County courthouse said he recalled alleged murderer Frazee wondering why the case of his missing fiancee had gone national and saying, "if I had known it would have blown up this big, I never would have —" before trailing off.

To read more on the testimonies from Friday, click here.

As cameras, live tweeting and live blogging are not allowed during these proceedings, all of the information from the courtroom is drawn from extensive notes made by News 5's Sam Kraemer.

For more of our coverage from the beginning of Kelsey Berreth's case, you can click here.

Background:

Patrick Frazee is accused of first-degree murder for the death of his fiancee, Kelsey Berreth, despite investigators never recovering her body since she was last seen alive on surveillance video inside the Woodland Park Safeway on Thanskgiving 2018.

Woodland Park Police have not found Berreth's remains. Berreth, 29, is presumed dead after prosecutors said Frazee, 33, her fiancé, beat her to death on Thanksgiving 2018. In December of last year, Patrick Frazee was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

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. Click here to see the criminal complaint and arrest affidavit.


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Money problems:

The court heard from a handful of police officers, special agents and Frazee's brother, who described Thanksgiving Day at the family ranch Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Sean Frazee, the defendant's brother, testified that he and his siblings are still in a legal battle for their late father's assets with an estimated value of $400,000.

Combine that with documents seized from the Frazee Ranch showing Patrick essentially defaulted on a $70,000 loan, and other papers showing a possible custody arrangement, a picture emerges of money problems.

For more on his testimony and the other testimonies from Tuesday, Nov. 5, click here .
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Along with Kenney's testimony Wednesday, Nov. 6, the court heard from a FBI Special Agent who went over the phone records of Berreth's, Kenney's and Frazee's cell phones.

Click here to read the testimonies, include Kenney's, from Nov. 6.

Monday, Nov. 4, was filled with testimonies from Berreth's mother, brother, supervisor and among others.

Berreth's brother, Clint, explained how he found the blood on the underside of the toilet in her home. This turned the investigation from missing person to homicide. You can read more on his testimony and the rest of the testimonies from Monday, Nov. 4, here .

Based on opening statements, prosecutors plan to describe Frazee as a man who manipulated his fiancee, his girlfriend, his family, and those around him to get what he wanted. He's accused of asking his girlfriend, Krystal Kenney, to kill Berreth by using the argument that she was an unfit, abusive mother, and that their child would be safer with him.

On Frazee's behalf, the defense is arguing he is not the person who carried out this killing, citing how Kenney made a deal with authorities early in the case to avoid serious charges.

Click here to read opening statements made by prosecutors and the defense.

The entire case is expected to wrap up before Thanksgiving week.

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Cameras and any live coverage of the trial are forbidden per judge's orders. News5's Sam Kraemer is covering the trial during breaks in proceedings. Be sure to follow him on social media for the latest.