Denver – A woman told police that a Colorado had hit my dad to death with a baseball bat at the Thanksgiving Day, then called for her to help clean up the flight at the flight instructor's home. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent Gregg Slater testified Tuesday that Krystal Jean Lee Kenney described the scene insidehome as "horrific." Kenney told police she brought the gloves, protective body suit and trash bags from her home in Idaho at Patrick Frazee's request.
Frazee is charged with murder and solicitation to commit a murder. Berreth's has not been found since she disappeared on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
Authorities had released little information about what led Frazee's arrest a month before the Tuesday's hearing, which requires prosecutors to convince a judge that their evidence merits a criminal trial. The testimony revealed that police initially found no evidence of foul play inside Berreth's home but later discovered traces of blood belonging to the 29-year-old flight instructor in several places in her bathroom.
The case relies heavily on the cooperation of Kenney, a 32-year-old nurse from Idaho who has pleaded guilty to helping to investigate by tampering with evidence in the case.
Dramatic testimony on Tuesday revealed that Kenney admitted starting a romantic relationship with Frazee in March 201
Kenney said Frazee suggested several ways to kill Berreth, including poisoning her coffee or striking her Slater said.
Kenney told police she wanted to please Frazee and was afraid that he would harm her or her family if she did not cooperate. Slater said.
Kenney said Frazee suggested that she drug Berreth's favorite coffee drink, a caramel macchiato, and give it to Berreth, reports CBS Denver. She also told police that she was the nurse she carried the drugs that she could use to poison the coffee.
Kenney's friend Michelle Stein told CBS News this month Kenney confided in her about her role in covering up Berreth's death and said Kenney feared for her life.
"I'll just tell you Krystal was very, very scared," said Michelle Stein. "Krystal's a very level-headed, kind, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky person. She's a tough cowgirl. But she was completely scared and very upset."
Berreth's parents argue in an unfortunate death lawsuit filed last week that they believe Frazee wanted full custody of the couple's 1-year-old daughter. The child has remained with them while the criminal case against Frazee proceeds.
Berreth's mother, Cheryl, said Frazee lied during a Dec. 2 phone conversation when he said he and Berreth "broke up on / about the Thanksgiving Day" and agreed at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Colorado Springs to split custody of their daughter.
When Cheryl pressed Frazee for details about her daughter's whereabouts, He suggested that "Kelsey may have flown somewhere with a friend or co-worker."
"Typically, if Kelsey was going to travel, we knew ahead of time, "Cheryl told CBS News in December.
Berreth's body has not been found. Investigators initially said she was the last seen on a surveillance video with a couple's daughter at a grocery store near her home in Woodland Park, a mountain town near Colorado Springs, south of Denver.
Police later found footage on a neighbor's surveillance camera showing Berreth , Frazee and their daughter at the entrance to Berreth's townhome later that afternoon.
Many protesters' evidence hinges on a cellphone tower data, suggesting Berreth's phone was in possession of either Frazee or Kenney after Nov. 22, the date Frazee told police he last saw Berreth.
Frazee, 32, has not filed a petition and has been jailed since his arrest. Prosecutors this week added a charge accusing Frazee of tampering with a deceased body and two charges of committing a crime of violence, which would allow a state to request a more severe penalty for conviction.