TELLER COUNTY, Colo. — Patrick Frazee, the man accused of killing his 29-year-old fiancée Kelsey Berreth, was formally charged with murder Monday morning.
Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May said he filed two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation against Frazee.
He said two first-degree murder charges were filed under separate theories of how the alleged murder may have taken place.
“Obviously, there’s only one murder in this case,” May said. “Under Colorado law, we file separate counts under different theories of first-degree murder. We filed under two theories: One is deliberation for murder. And the other is felony murder.”
One of the murder charges alleges that Frazee caused Berreth's death with the intent to do so. The other count alleges that Frazee, and possibly others, committed a robbery or attempted to do so, and that Berreth was killed in that incident, according to court documents.
The three solicitation charges, which are second-degree felonies, accuse Frazee of commanding or trying to persuade another person to commit first-degree murder.
Little is known about the evidence police have against Frazee because those documents have not been released.
"They've got a lot of investigative leads, a number of interviews they want to do, a number of items they have to collect and quite frankly, releasing all that information to the public could hurt their ability to do their investigation," May said.
Authorities conducted searches at Frazee’s homein Teller County and Berreth’s homein Woodland Park before arresting him on an investigation of first-degree murder charge and a solicitation of first-degree murder charge.
On Thursday, a judge decided that Berreth’s parents will get temporary physical custody of Berreth and Frazee’s 1-year-old daughter. Teller County Department of Human Services will retain legal custody.
As of Monday morning, Berreth’s body had not yet been found, though police in Twin Falls, Idaho said they thought they had found possible evidencein connection to the case.