Jury Convicts Frazee In Woodland Park Killing

November 18, 2019
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This undated booking photo provided by the Teller County Sheriff's office shows Patrick Frazee.

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Colorado rancher of beating his fiancée to death while their 1-year-old daughter was in a nearby room and then burning the body.

Jurors reached the verdict Monday in the case of 33-year-old Patrick Frazee following a three-week trial. He was accused of killing 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth with a baseball bat and burning her body on his property.

Berreth was last seen nearly a year ago on Thanksgiving, but her body hasn’t been found.

With little physical evidence, prosecutors relied heavily on the testimony of a former Idaho nurse who had an on-and-off relationship with Frazee.

Krystal Lee testified that Frazee asked her to clean up the scene of the killing and that she watched him burn a plastic tote she believed contained Berreth’s body.

Frazee’s lawyers questioned Lee’s reliability.