The Colorado man on trial for murdering the mother of his child was once named as the beneficiary of her life insurance policy.
Patrick Frazee, 33, also claimed to have full custody of his daughter, Kaylee, and told more than one person that 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth ‘signed away her rights’ the moment the child was born.
Frazee’s trial continued in Teller County District Court on Wednesday with the court hearing how Frazee bad-mouthed Berreth, saying she had a drink and drug problem, would disappear for months and immediately speculated she had ‘run off’ to ‘sort herself out,’ when he was told she was missing.
It was also revealed Frazee was listed as Berreth’s beneficiary on her life insurance policy while she was working for Doss Aviation, but it is unclear if he would have been able to cash in on the policy, due to a change in company ownership.
In the afternoon, an expert forensic anthropologist testified that fragments of a human tooth were found on the property where police suspect Frazee killed Berreth.
The murder trial of Patrick Frazee continued on Wednesday in Cripple Creek, Colorado, as the court heard Frazee bad-mouthed his fiancée Kelsey Berreth. Multiple witnesses testified he said Berreth, 29, had a drug and drink problem and would disappear for months at a time. it was also revealed he was a beneficiary of her life insurance policy
Frazee, 33, claimed to have full custody of his daughter, Kaylee, and told more than one person that 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth ‘signed away her rights’ the moment the child was born. Frazee is accused of beating Berreth to death with a bat at her home last Thanksgiving Day
According to Forensic Anthropologist, Dr Diane France who was sent the fragments by Colorado Bureau of Investigations, ‘It’s consistent with a human tooth and there is nothing that is inconsistent with a (broken) human tooth, I think it’s human.’
Earlier in the day, Alyssa Smith, who has known Frazee since she was a child, said he only mentioned he had a daughter a month prior to Berreth’s disappearance. He had never spoken of Berreth up until that point.
Smith admitted: ‘I was shocked. He said that he always had [Kaylee] and that he went and picked her up from the hospital when she was born.
‘He said that her mom told him to come pick her up. He said he had full custody of the child.
‘He said that there could be weeks to months that he didn’t hear from her to check on the baby.’
But a string of Berreth’s former colleagues at Doss Aviation where she was a flight instructor, cast doubt on Frazee’s assertions describing Berreth as a ‘strong woman,’ who completed grueling training and was ‘very happy’ to be a mother.
Jennifer Barks, the Human Resources executive at Doss Aviation where Berreth was a flight instructor, testified that Frazee was listed as the beneficiary on Berreth’s life insurance policy.
Barks she said around the time Berreth was reported missing, the company was bought by new owners and she didn’t enroll Berreth in the new life insurance policy, meaning her insurance may have been inactive.
If Berreth’s policy was inactive, Frazee wouldn’t be able to cash in.
Banks also cast doubt on Frazee’s claims that Berreth was a neglectful mother who had substance abuse issues, as she called Frazee as Berreth’s emergency contact when reports first emerged that she was missing.
The Teller County District Court heard how Frazee immediately speculated that Berreth had ‘run off’ to ‘sort herself out,’ on being told she was missing. But a string of Berreth’s former colleagues cast doubt on Frazee’s assertions, describing Berreth as a ‘strong woman,’ who completed grueling training and was ‘very happy’ to be a mother
Banks said: ‘He told me that he was aware [of the reports]. He told me that Kelsey had gone to him, given him the baby and said she needed a break, she needed to figure things out, she didn’t know what to do with her life and would be taking some space.
‘He said she had a drug and alcohol problem and that she had gone away for that in the past and he didn’t know if it was related to that.’
In fact, Berreth’s only spell in any sort of rehab program was in August 2018 when she underwent treatment for stress and depression.
Barks said she had challenged Frazee’s assertion regarding drugs and alcohol as did every other colleague who testified.
Each noted that flight training is conducted in such close quarters that it seemed incredible to them that such a problem could pass unnoticed.
And while Frazee bad-mouthed Berreth, if he spoke of her at all, Berreth told colleagues that he was her husband and rarely spoke of any troubles at home.
Friend and former colleague Robert Hill was the only one with whom she shared the fact that she and Frazee had some difficulties.
Hill recalled: ‘There was one conversation she said, ”Something really weird happened to me yesterday.” She said a random lady had come over to her house with coffee.’
‘I asked if she drank it she said no.’
During her testimony Frazee’s mistress, Krystal Lee Kenney, told the court he had urged her to kill Berreth and one of the ways he suggested was for her to lace her cappuccino with poison.
Kenney is the prosecution’s star witness in the murder case, as she admitted to cleaning up the murder scene at Frazee’s request.
In the afternoon, an expert forensic anthropologist testified that fragments of a human tooth were found on the property where police suspect Frazee killed Berreth. According to Forensic Anthropologist, Dr Diane France who was sent the fragments by Colorado Bureau of Investigations, ‘It’s consistent with a human tooth and there is nothing that is inconsistent with a (broken) human tooth, I think it’s human’
Teller County Court House where Frazee is being tried for the murder of his fiancee
On Wednesday, DailyMail.com published exclusive footage of Kenney picking up food from Sonic after she claimed she spent hours cleaning up Berreth’s home after Frazee beat Berreth to death with a bat.
Kenney was seen in surveillance footage pulling up to the drive-thru window, and while she waited for her order, primped and played with her hair, before leaving with her food around 1pm the day after the alleged murder.
Kenney testified she had picked up the food for Frazee and his one-year-old child with Berreth after she spent hours cleaning up splattered blood at Berreth’s home, and then went over to Frazee’s home with the fast food.
She claims Frazee went on to burn a black tote that contained Berreth’s body on his property.
The court heard on Wednesday that Berreth’s blood was found in locations throughout her townhouse.
Extensive DNA analysis found that traces of blood found in areas including the bathroom, on the fireplace and on the baby-gate ‘very strongly supported the proposition,’ that the blood was Berreth’s.
On Tuesday Kayla Daugherty, who had a relationship with Frazee for six to eight weeks during 2016, claimed Frazee told her that Teller County was so vast you could ‘get rid of someone’ and no-one would know. She said that he made the comment in 2015.
Frazee worked as her farrier from 2010 until 2018 though she said that their relationship lasted just six to eight weeks and was ‘more sexual,’ than romantic in nature.
Krystal Lee Kenney is the star witness in the case against Frazee. DailyMail.com obtained exclusive surveillance footage of Kenney picking up fast food at Sonic after she claimed she spent hours cleaning up blood at Berreth’s home at Frazee’s request
Kenney testified she had picked up the food for Frazee and his one-year-old child with Berreth. After arriving with the food at Frazee’s home, she claims Frazee burned a black tote back that contained Berreth’s body
Daugherty was followed by Savannah Greasby, another of the farrier’s former clients.
In testimony Greasby was taken through a series of text messages that she and Frazee exchanged across Thanksgiving last year and early December last year.
The messages were remarkable not so much for their content, which was vaguely flirtatious, but for the time across which the exchange took place.
The texts spanned November 21 through to December 11, covering the period during which Berreth was missing. Yet Frazee made no mention of this. Instead at the time he asked Greasby to dinner – she did not go – while she offered to keep him company on drives.
The only hint that all was not well came on December 4 when Frazee texted: ‘Life has taken some awkward turns of late. I’ll fill you in when the dust settles.’
Frazee told Greasby that he was seeking full custody of his daughter and described her mother as ‘in rehab’ and ‘bi-polar.’
Another former client, Catherine Donahue, told the court that Frazee ‘never had anything nice to say about Kelsey,’ who he claimed was ‘absolutely crazy’ and had ‘abandoned her baby directly after the birth.’
The women appeared in court on the eighth day of his trial, when the jury heard from prosecution witnesses who testified about the death of Berreth, who disappeared last Thanksgiving Day.
Expert witness Jerry Means, Investigations Chief at Adams County Fire and Rescue Denver testified Tuesday that a burn site found on Frazee’s ranch had tell-tale signs of a body having been placed in a plastic tote and burned to the point of consumption.
Patrick Frazee (pictured) told Kayla Daugherty – a woman with whom he had a brief fling – that Teller County was so vast you could ‘get rid of someone’ and no-one would know
It was also revealed Frazee invited another woman to dinner after his fiance Kelsey Berreth (pictured) disappeared
Berreth’s family sat in the front row of the Teller County court room as the court heard gruesome testimony about the impact of fire on a human body and Means pointed out to an oily patch of ground, next to the burn site.
The soil was fused together in a way that could only have been caused by burning plastic, he said. And the oily stain was consistent with human body oil.
Questioned by prosecutor Dan Mays, Means explained: ‘It is very common for [fat on] the body to somewhat liquefy, just like cooking a steak. It liquefies and it drips down on a concentrated level.’
Means described the process by which a body, ravaged by fire, ‘hangs tough’ for a remarkably long time before its destruction.
Means described the chronology of a body burned to the point of destruction. He said: ‘Small parts go first, fingers and toes, they dislocate from larger items, your hands for example. The big muscles like your forearms dry out and draw up and it causes the arms to go into a sort of pugilistic posture.’
He said that the same ‘drawing up’ occurs with the legs and feet with the pelvic area and torso being the last to go before.
For his part Frazee sat impassive. Wearing a blue checked shirt, his head shaved closed, he looked down for much of the Means’ testimony. Occasionally he looked towards the witness, cocking his head to the side and blinking rapidly as he listened.
Asked if there was a possibility that the oil observed on the ground could have been motor oil, Means conceded that it could have been, or it could have been a mixture of human oil and motor oil.
Expert witness Jerry Means, Investigations Chief at Adams County Fire and Rescue Denver testified Tuesday that a burn site found on Frazee’s ranch had tell-tale signs of a body having been placed in a plastic tote and burned to the point of consumption. Pictured: Frazee’s property where authorities say he burned Berreth’s body in a pit
Margaret Luce, a former client of Frazee who used his services as a farrier for her horses, took the stand to testify that Frazee had told her that Berreth ‘did not want to be a mother,’ and that she was ‘unstable’ and had threatened suicide.
Luce claimed that in a conversation after Berreth’s disappearance Frazee had shared the fact that he had returned a gun to Berreth despite having concerns that she would ‘hurt herself.’
She said: ‘He said he didn’t want her to have a gun because she might hurt herself… but she wanted the gun back and said that she was threatening to go to the police so he asked if he could try to sell it for her.’
When he couldn’t get a good enough price, Luce said, Frazee told her he had returned the gun.
She said: ‘I sort of wondered why he was telling me it.’
Later Luce tried to comfort Frazee with the comment: ‘Perhaps Kelsey will come back.’
Frazee replied: ‘Oh she’s not coming back.’
Berreth’s father looked down and put his face in his hands as investigators described the blood stains they found throughout her apartment.
Working on tips from key witness Krystal Lee Kenney, a Colorado Bureau of Investigation evidence technician described identifying blood spots on walls, the stone fireplace and a wooden baby gate, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Last week the court heard from Joe Moore, one of Frazee’s closest friends who recalled that Frazee (left) had commented to him, ‘no body, no crime’
Investigators also found blood under the living room’s wooden floor boards, as well as cleaning marks on couch cushions and a picture frame.
On Friday jurors heard from prosecution witness Joe Moore, who has been friends with the suspected killer since middle school, and revealed the chilling comments Frazee told him regarding Berreth’s disappearance.
The longtime friend of Frazee took the witness stand where he revealed Frazee told him ‘if there is no body, there is no crime’ before and after his fiancée Berreth disappeared.
He testified that Frazee repeatedly said to him after she was reported missing, ‘Why do they [police] keep investigating cause if there is no body, there is no crime. Why do they [police] keep questioning me,’ according to Fox.
On one occasion after Berreth disappeared and Moore and Frazee were on a drive together, he recalled Frazee saying, ‘I don’t even understand why, why there’s such a big deal over this.’
‘And he’s like ‘man, if I had known it was going to blow up this big, I never would have …” Moore added.
Moore, who ran cattle with Frazee at multiple leased ranches in Teller and Park counties, testified that Frazee revealed his plans to kill Berreth back in April.
Moore said on April 26, 2018 he was was loading bulls into a truck with Frazee when he asked how his relationship with Berreth was going. The two already had their young daughter Kaylee at the time.
‘He said ‘I figured out a way to kill her.’ And I went ‘don’t even talk about s*** like that. Get that s*** out of your head,” Moore recalled.
‘And he just kinda grinned and went ‘no body, no crime, right?’ And I said ‘Patrick, get that out of your head,” Moore added.
Moore said it was hard for him to take the witness stand on Friday.
‘Just don’t wanna… picture somebody that you’ve known that long and have trusted… you just don’t wanna think that they could do something like this,’ he said through tears. ‘We were very darn close.’
Moore said he only met Berreth twice. They first met in November 2016 before she was pregnant. She helped them move cows and Moore recalled Frazee berated her and yelled and cussed at her.
He recalled another bizarre conversation with Frazee after Berreth’s disappearance in which he tried to theorize that she took her own life.
‘He said ‘you know, if Kelsey wanted to commit suicide, she could go out to Pike National Forest and commit suicide and no one would ever find her.’ I said ‘Patrick, if her phone is pinging up in Idaho, how can she possibly be in Pike National Forest? And he just went ‘huh, yeah…”
Moore said Frazee never seemed concerned about Berreth’s disappearance.
He also told Moore he had Berreth’s blood spattered on his clothes and shoes because she suffered a bloody nose on one occasion and injured her nose on a pole while they were herding cattle on another occasion.
‘He was very curious and always asking questions because he point-blank said that he had Kelsey’s blood on his pants and he had Kelsey’s blood on his shirt and boot, and the bottom of his boot,’ Moore recalled.
‘He said ‘do you think they’ll be able to find any of that, even though it’s all been washed?” Moore testified.
Moore’s testimony came one day after that of Frazee’s mistress Idaho nurse Kenney.
Frazee’s mistress Idaho nurse Kyrstal Lee Kenney testified on Thursday saying Frazee beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat and burned her body
In her bombshell account, she said Frazee told her that he beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat on November 22, 2018, Thanksgiving Day, and put her body into a black tote box that he stored in a red barn at a property he leased.
Lee said she saw Frazee burn the tote on his property after she drove to Colorado from Idaho to clean up the bloody crime scene.
She said the murder took place in front of the couple’s baby daughter Kaylee who was in the back room in her jumper when Frazee bludgeoned his fiancée to death.
Frazee was arrested for Berreth’s murder on December 21, 2018, three weeks after Berreth’s mother reported her missing.
Frazee has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder, and tampering with a deceased human body.
Frazee and Berreth’s daughter Kaylee is in the custody of Berreth’s parents.
His mistress Kenney testified against him and pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence in a plea deal with prosecutors. She faces three years in prison.
Friday marked the end of the first full week of Frazee’s murder trial which started on November 1. It is slated to continue for the next three weeks. His murder trial in Teller County, Colorado continues on Tuesday.