TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Opening statements in the Patrick Frazee murder trial could get underway Friday.
Frazee, who is accused of beating his fiancé Kelsey Berreth to death with a baseball bat on Thanksgiving of last year, will not be subject to the death penalty.
Frazee is facing six charges in connection with Berreth’s disappearance. She was last seen on November 22. The charges include two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, and one count of tampering with a deceased human body.
In May, Frazee pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.
“By Colorado law, once a defendant pleads not guilty, we have nine weeks to decide if we will seek the death penalty or not,” District Attorney Dan May said.
Frazee’s former girlfriend, Krystal Kenney, is expected to testify against him. Kenney, an Idaho nurse, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with evidence as part of a plea deal.
The judge is not allowing any cameras, live reporting or sketch artists in the courtroom. FOX21 Daniela Leon will be giving updates when available.
If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In January the family of Kelsey Berreth filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frazee. Frazee’s defense team has filed a motion to dismiss the case.
In part, the lawsuit states Frazee “engaged in such extreme and outrageous conduct before, during, and after the murder, that he did so recklessly and with the intent of causing Plaintiffs severe emotional distress.”
The Berreth family has custody of Frazee and Berreth’s two-year-old daughter.