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A jail inmate testified Friday that a Colorado farmer, Patrick Frazee, who is accused of beating his fiancee to death with a baseball bat, and asked the prisoner several times in order to kill the most important witness in the Frazee, the murder and the trial.
Prosecutors say the Frazee killed Kelsey Berreth on Thanksgiving Day in 2018, then burned her body on his ranch. Frazee, the on-again-off-again girlfriend, Krystal, Lee, testified that her boyfriend asked her to help clean up the murder scene.
Tries: Jacob Bentley, testified that Frazee asked him several times to kill Lee, her family and the lead investigator in the case, Gregg Slater, and others, while the two of them were to be found in the neighbourhood of the prison. Slater testified that the Bentley, with the help of notes, to the requirements and the details of how to find a home that turned out to be, in Frazee’s signature.
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Frazee’s attorney, Adam Steigerwald, questioned Bentley’s credibility. He said the Bentley was expected to give evidence in any other case, that the defendant had asked him to kill a witness.
Patrick Frazee, is accused of killing his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth. (Teller County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Bentley, who said that he had told Frazee that he was a member of a prison gang, alleging that he was not promised anything in exchange for his testimony. However, the public prosecutor’s office, Beth Reed said the Bentley was asked to make a case against him and will have to be resolved in a single area.
Frazee, faces charges of first-degree murder, tampering with a dead body, and, to all of which he pleaded not guilty. Lee pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and agreed to testify against Frazee.
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Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor, was last seen shopping with the couple’s daughter, the last of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The defense is the lack of a physical body, the motive and the murder weapon. They also point out that the surveillance video shows the Frazee, the entrance and exit of the Berreth at home, on the very day that the prosecutors say that they have killed him for wearing the same clothes, without the stains.
Lee, who has known of Frazee for more than a decade, been recognized to take Berreth is the mobile phone with her to Idaho, where, on Frazee’s request, in order to try to mislead investigators about the Berreth place to stay. Frazee, the lawyers stressed that they are only talking about what happened after the conclusion of the deal, and said to her credibility, because she initially told authorities she did not know who Berreth was.
As a part of human tooth that was found at the Frazee’s house, where Lee says that he looked at the burn with a plastic bag full of Berreth’s body. There was not enough DNA to determine who the tooth belonged to.
An expert testified that the burned plastic remains have been found next to a spot where oily debris is consistent with a body is burned, but it was recognised by the engine oil, it can also be left in a similar spot.
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Defense attorneys said there was no DNA evidence tied Lee was found in Berreth’s home. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation analyst, Caitlin Rogers, said that was not a surprise to her, because it means that, as Lee said, they can be used in order to clean it, it destroys the DNA.
While the officers of justice for a reason, and Berreth, the parents say in a wrongful death lawsuit that they believe the Frazee wanted to be in the primary custody of the couple’s daughter. She now lives with them as well.
Frazee refused to testify, and his lawyers didn’t call any witnesses of their own. The closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.