The Colorado dad charged with killing his fiancée talked to a lifelong friend about murdering her months before she disappeared, even saying: “No body, no crime, right?” according to court testimony.
Patrick Frazee, 33, allegedly told his pal Joseph Moore in April 2018 “I figured out a way to kill her” about 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth, the mother of his daughter, Moore testified Friday in Teller County Court.
Moore said he responded: “Don’t even talk about things like that. Get that s–t out of your head,” according to local station KMGH-TV.
“[Frazee] just kind of grinned and said, ‘No body, no crime, right?’ ” Moore said.
About six months later on Thanksgiving Day, Berreth vanished. She was last seen on surveillance footage at a grocery store with her and Frazee’s toddler Kaylee, and her body has never been found.
Later that day, Frazee allegedly beat Berreth to death with a baseball bat inside her apartment, his mistress Krystal Lee Kenney testified Thursday, adding that she helped him clean up the bloody crime scene.
Shortly after Berreth’s disappearance, Frazee allegedly told Moore he was surprised her case had garnered national attention.
“He’s like, ‘Man, if I had known it was going to blow up this big, I never would have … ’ And he stopped. He did not finish that sentence,” Moore testified.
There were signs the pair’s relationship was rocky.
Around November 2016, Frazee railed at Berreth because she was trying to help him move calves at a ranch but didn’t know how to handle the cows, Moore said.
“He berated her horribly,” Moore told the court. “He yelled at her, cussed at her, just terribly.”
Frazee also told him he didn’t know Berreth was pregnant until the day she gave birth, Moore said.
It wasn’t long after that Frazee brought up murder and made other alarming statements, including how he’d hired people to spy or watch Berreth because he planned on suing her for custody of their daughter, according to Moore.
Also on Friday, investigators revealed they found a partial human tooth in dirt at Frazee’s ranch, where he’s accused of burning Berreth’s body, the Colorado Gazette reported.
If convicted, Frazee faces life in prison without parole.
Testimony is expected to resume Tuesday morning.
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