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Colorado man accused of beating his fiancée dead with a bat points finger at nurse ex-girlfriend for the 2018 murder


A Colorado man accused of beating his fiancée dead with a baseball bat and burning her body plans to point the finger at a former flame during his upcoming trial for the November 2018 murder, according to a new court filing.

Patrick Frazee in May pleaded “not guilty” to three counts of solicitation to commit murder and two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kelsey Berreth, whose remains have still not been found.

Prosecutors have contended Frazee began planning the murder of Berreth, a 29-year-old flight instructor, as early as September. Around that time, he allegedly requested help from his ex-girlfriend, Krystal Lee — a nurse from Ohio who also goes by Krystal Kenney.

In court documents made public on Wednesday, Frazee’s attorneys present Lee as an alternative suspect in the disappearance and murder of Berreth.

“It is anticipated that as part and parcel to general denial, there may be evidence that other individuals committed or fabricated portions of the crimes alleged against Mr. Frazee, to include Krystal Lee,” it reads.

Berreth was last seen alive on Thanksgiving Day, shopping at a Safeway Mart with her 1-year-old daughter near her home in Woodland Park. Police said the young mother’s phone pinged three days later on Nov. 25 in Gooding, Idaho, which is about 35 miles away from Twin City Falls — where Lee worked as a nurse.

The same day, Berreth’s cell phone sent a text message to her boss at Doss Aviation and another to Frazee.

In February, Lee pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with physical evidence as part of plea deal that requires her to testify against Frazee. In an interview with investigators, she claimed Frazee approached her with a scheme to kill Berreth that included her disguising herself as a neighbor and poisoning the unsuspecting pilot.

Lee said she introduced herself with a fake name but could not carry out the murder. From there, she alleged that Frazee asked her twice more to kill the mother of his child — once with an aluminum bat and again with a metal pipe.

While Lee did back out on all three occasions, she did clean up the crime scene inside Berreth’s town home at Frazee’s request, she said.

Frazee’s murder trial was scheduled to begin next month, though naming an alternative suspect could slow the proceedings. It’s not clear if the court will delay Frazee’s trial in light of the new documents, which were filed Tuesday, nearly 12 hours after the Monday deadline.