Krystal Lee details relationship with Patrick Frazee, plot to kill Kelsey Berreth


Krystal Lee in court.

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CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. -- It was a tearful and dramatic day of testimony Wednesday in the murder trial of Patrick Frazee in Teller County.

Krystal Lee Kenney, a former girlfriend of Frazee's, took the stand, giving details about a twisted plot to kill Frazee’s fiancee, Kelsey Berreth.

Kenney testified that she and Frazee had been in an on-again, off-again relationship for 12 years.

When she first met him, Kenney described Frazee as “admirable," saying "he had his act together. ... A pretty good dude."

But Kenney, at times wiping tears, told the jury their relationship was oftentimes “not pleasant."

Kenney said in 2016, she aborted Frazee’s child while she was married to someone else.

It was last year when Lee said Frazee asked her to help kill Berreth.

Lee told the court that Frazee claimed Berreth was hurting his baby girl Kaley and she had to be stopped.

“He wanted her to not be a problem anymore," Kenney said. "He wanted her dead."

Kenney said Frazee tried to convince her to poison Berreth with a caramel macchiato filled with Valium and Ambien, saying, “It would take care of the problem and Kaley wouldn’t be in danger anymore."

Kenney said she took the coffee to Berreth but Berreth didn’t fall for the ruse and lived.

Frazee called Kenney later that afternoon and said “what the (expletive). What, what. ... Nothing happened to her. She’s with my child right now."

It was then about Thanksgiving when Kenney, who was living in Idaho, said Frazee said he needed her to Colorado because "there’s a mess to clean up. Come with cleaning supplies."

Kenney said when Frazee told her “I had a lot of blood to clean up," she began to believe Frazee had killed Berreth.

Kenney talked about lending Frazee thousands of dollars to buy horses. Kenney also said she never called police thinking, Frazee would try to frame her.

Kenney later testified that she went to Berreth's condominium in Woodland Park where she found a lot of blood on the living room floor, walls, sink and dishwasher.

One of the jurors started to cry during the graphic description.

Kenney said there were bloody footprints and that it took her four hours to clean the condominium. Frazee told her to make it look like Berreth disappeared on her own, Kenney testified.

Frazee said he was mad about a medication issue on Thanksgiving , so he took matters into his own hands, Kenney said.

He took a bat to Berreth's house, blindfolded her and told her to try to guess the scent of a candle. That’s when he hit her with the baseball bat. Kenney said.

“He said he swung away and that it was hard," Kenney testified that Frazee told her.

Kenney said Frazee then put Berreth’s body and the bat in a black tote carrying box that was in the back of his pickup truck.

He then put the box and her belongings on a haystack and burned everything, Kenney said.

Frazee then asked Kenney to take Berreth's phone and send messages from it, then get rid of it far away from Colorado.

Kenney testified as part of a plea deal. She has been charged with tampering with evidence and will be sentenced after the Frazee trial.

Berreth was last seen with her daughter on Thanksgiving. Her body has never been found.

Kenney is expected back on the stand when the trial resumes Thursday morning.

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