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Patrick Frazee, the man accused of murdering his fiancée Kelsey Berreth last year, tried to arrange for key witnesses in his trial—including former mistress Krystal Lee Kenney—to “disappear” before the trial began, according to stunning testimony from an inmate who once shared a cell near Frazee.
The inmate, who was not named because he feared possible retaliation from his prison gang, told jurors that Frazee wanted him to kill Kenney and eliminate other witnesses. Frazee often relayed his instructions through notes he passed to the inmate and promised to take care of the inmate financially once he got out of prison if he could arrange the hits, the man said.
“He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive,” the man said, according to ABC News.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater read several of the alleged notes that had been recovered in court.
“I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head,” read one. "No video, no weapon, no body, no forensics."
Frazee allegedly wanted the inmate to eliminate at least 10 people, including Kenney’s parents, her ex-husband, his friend Joe Moore who testified last week about damaging conversations that pair had after Berreth’s 2018 disappearance and Slater himself, NBC News reports.
"They all need to disappear or be unseen until at least Nov. 22 until after the trial," Slater testified that one of the alleged notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins, read.
In addition to the names of those he’d like to see disappear, Slater said the notes also included detailed instructions on where the witnesses could be found.
Frazee allegedly told the inmate to flush the notes once they had been read, but the inmate had decided to keep them.
When questioned by Frazee’s attorney, Adam Steigerwald, the inmate said he wanted a plea deal in exchange for the information.
Although he had been facing up to 30 years in prison for a burglary charge, that charge was later dropped to a misdemeanor.
"I was kind of torn about what to do. I decided to come forward. It seemed like the right thing to do," the inmate said, according to ABC News.
Frazee, 33, is facing charges of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder and tampering with a deceased human body as prosecutors allege that he beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat in her Woodland Park townhome on Thanksgiving Day 2018.
Kenney provided critical testimony in the trial, telling jurors that Frazee tried to get her to kill Berreth in three failed plots before he carried the act out himself. After he allegedly beat Berreth to death, Kenney testified that he called her to come clean up the bloody crime scene.
The attorneys in the trial—which began Nov. 1—are expected to begin their closing arguments Monday, local station KUSA reports.
The prosecution rested its case Friday afternoon. The defense also rested without calling any witnesses.
Legal expert Scott Robinson told the local station the defense’s tactic had been to “attack, attack, attack” every witness called by the prosecution.
“Beyond that, they have very little to even talk about,” he said. “Prosecutors presented a wealth of evidence against Patrick Frazee. And the prosecutor’s job during the closing arguments is to tie it all together and give it to the jury as a package. A package, when opened, says guilty as charged.”
If convicted, Frazee could face life in prison. Prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty in the case, KMGH-TV reports.
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