Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of beating his fiancée Kelsey Berreth to death with a baseball bat, could point the finger at his former affair partner in his upcoming trial.
In a motion filed Tuesday outlining possible alternate suspects in the case, his attorneys allege that Krystal Lee, also known as Krystal Jean Lee Kenney, may have played a role in the alleged murder.
In the motion—which was filed after the established deadline—his attorneys wrote, “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,” The Denver Post reports.
Kenney, a nurse from Utah, had allegedly been carrying on a romantic relationship with Frazee for months before Berreth disappeared on Thanksgiving Day 2018 shortly after she was captured on surveillance footage at a Colorado grocery store with the 1-year-old daughter she shared with Frazee.
Kenney later told investigators that Frazee had admitted killing the 29-year-old flight instructor after tricking her into putting on a blind fold. He allegedly told her she was going to try to guess the scents of different candles, but beat her in the head so hard with a baseball bat that he knocked her tooth out instead, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kenney pleaded guilty in February to tampering with evidence after she told investigators she had come to Colorado to clean up a bloody crime scene at Berreth’s Woodland Park townhome, allegedly at Frazee’s request.
She told investigators there had been blood throughout the home on curtains, pillows, books, baby toys and stuffed animals.
According to Kenney, she and Frazee then burned Berreth’s body in a trough on Frazee’s ranch. The pair allegedly worked together to fabricate Berreth's movements by Kenney take Berreth’s cell phone to Idaho.
Kenney admitted to sending texts from Idaho to Berreth’s supervisor at work, her mother and Frazee himself after Berreth had died, KMGH reports.
In addition, she told investigators that Frazee had initially wanted her to carry out the murder, claiming Berreth had been abusive to the couple’s daughter. In one alleged plot, Frazee suggested Kenney pose as a neighbor and bring Berreth a poisoned Starbucks drink. Although Kenney admitted she did introduce herself to Berreth, she claimed she couldn’t go through with the attempt, according to KKTV. After backing out of several additional alleged plans, Kenney told investigators Frazee carried out the act himself.
Frazee has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges against him.
Although the newly filed paperwork suggests Frazee’s defense team may try to point the finger at Kenney, the motion was filed after the deadline.
Frazee’s attorneys had until 11: 59 p.m. Monday to file the paperwork suggesting other possible suspects—but it wasn’t filed until nearly 12 hours later, KKTV reports.
It’s not clear whether the court will accept the motion.
Frazee’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 28, according to The Post.
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