Patrick Frazee had been plotting the murder of his fiancee Kelsey Berreth for close to three months according to court documents that were filed on Monday.
The three counts of Solicitation to Commit Murder in the First Degree all state that ‘between and including September l, 2018 and November 1,2018, Patrick Frazee unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entreated, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree.’
That would have been just a few months after Berreth purchased a home in Woodland Park for her and infant daughter Kaylee.
She spent $184,900 on a two-bedroom property about 15 miles away from the ranch where Frazee lived with his mother despite the fact that the two were engaged.
That home is where authorities believe Berreth was murdered on or around November 22.
A family member claimed soon after Berreth went missing that she had split with Frazee on the day she was last seen, but that has never been confirmed by investigators.
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Shackled: Patrick Frazee (above leaving court on Monday) had been plotting the murder of his fiancee Kelsey Berreth for close to three months according to court documents that were filed on Monday.
Moving on?: That would have been just a few months after Berreth purchased a home in Woodland Park for her and infant daughter Kaylee (Kelsey and Kaylee above with the
New digs: She spent $184,900 on a two-bedroom property about 15 miles away from the ranch where Frazee lived with his mother despite the fact that the two were engaged (above)
This was all revealed as her fiance Frazee was arraigned on five counts relating to her murder.
Including the three Solicitation charges he is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
This means that Frazee may have asked an individual to kill his fiancee on three separate occasions.
Prosecutors on Monday revealed that there are two theories regarding how missing Berreth was murdered around Thanksgiving, including that she may have been killed as a result of a robbery.
There was little else revealed about the case however, with prosecutors stating that it is important to keep much of the information they have obtained under wraps for the sake of the ongoing investigation.
The prosecution also revealed that the arrest warrant in the case must remain sealed, noting that publication of the details could ‘seriously jeopardize the physical safety of potential witnesses in this investigation.’
Frazee and his lawyers will see that warrant for the first time on Monday afternoon, and may after that decide to enter a plea in the case.
Berreth’s family was not in the courtroom on Monday, but Frazee’s mother was seated in the front row as she is now fighting for custody of her son’s daughter.
A judge awarded custody of Kaylee to the maternal grandparents on a temporary basis.
Court records filed after a hearing last week also revealed that a custody battle could be brewing between the families.
‘Paternal grandmother file a motion to intervene. The parties agreed to reserve for later hearing paternal grandmother’s motion to intervene and placement request,’ read a summary of the hearing.
‘The court continued the temporary custody of the minor child with maternal grandparents.’
Court documents show that Frazee will be fighting the charge of first degree murder as he has asked that all evidence in the case be turned over to his legal team and filed a motion asking to limit pretrial publicity.
Police have yet to find the body or any remains of Berreth.
Sheila Frazee, the mother of the suspect, was also briefly detained by authorities but not placed under arrest at the time of her son’s arrest.
The divorced mother-of-four, who is a registered nurse, lives with her youngest son at the ranch, which she outright owns according to public records.
She also owns two additional properties in the area.
Her son meanwhile tends to the ranch and also breeds dogs.
This now the second high-profile case to emerge from Colorado involving the murder of a partner in just the past six months.
In August, Chris Watts killed his wife, unborn son and two young daughters just 150 miles north in Weld County.
Mommy dearest: Sheila Frazee, the mother of the accused murderer, was also led off in handcuffs (right) when her son was arrested to be detained
Last image: She was last seen at a supermarket on Thanksgiving with her daughter Kaylee, 1, (above) but Frazee previously told authorities he saw his fiancee later that day
It was also revealed early on in the investigation that authorities believed Frazee was the last person to see Berreth before she disappeared on Thanksgiving.
She was last seen on surveillance video entering a grocery store on Thanksgiving Day with her daughter.
Frazee later told police that the couple met later that afternoon so that he could pick up the couple’s daughter.
The two did not live together despite being engaged, a fact that many on social media suggested was a bad omen after learning of the disappearance.
It was Berreth however who had been hesitant to move in with her fiance because he still lived with his mother.
She instead decided to get her own home after moving to Colorado from Washington to be with Frazee.
There were a number of details that had puzzled the public in the wake of Berreth’s disappearance, including the fact that she had just baked fresh cinnamon buns before she went missing.
Frazee also failed to report her missing, despite have their daughter Kaylee that entire time.