Patrick Frazee appeared at the Teller County Combined Court on Thursday, this time for a pre-trial conference regarding custody of the 1-year-old child he shares with Kelsey Berreth.
The judge decided to close the hearing off to the public, in part because of the child’s age. Berreth’s parents appeared by phone. Frazee, his mom, and aunt were all present in court.
At a hearing last week, Berreth’s parents were granted temporary physical custody of the child. Frazee’s mom filed a motion to intervene, along with a placement request.
The court decided Thursday that it will wait to review Frazee’s criminal case before moving forward. That also means that Frazee’s family will have to wait until another hearing is scheduled to navigate custody of the child.
The next pre-trial conference for this case is slated for February 7.
Friday, Frazee is expected back in court for a motions hearing. At the hearing, two motions filed by the prosecution will be discussed, including one that could seal the probable cause affidavit from Frazee for a week.
That hearing is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Prosecutors with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office have filed five charges against Frazee. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation of first-degree murder.
Evidence and testimony will be presented at a preliminary hearing on January 29 at 9 a.m. Frazee will be required to enter a plea after that. After Frazee enters the plea, the prosecution will have nine weeks to determine whether or not they will seek the death penalty.