Fiance charged with murder of missing Colo. woman

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - New details emerged publicly in the case against a man accused of killing his fiance.

11 News was one of the first to obtain new information Monday morning in the arrest of Patrick Frazee. He's accused of killing missing Woodland Park mom Kelsey Berreth. Her body has not been found.

Frazee is now formally charged with two counts of first degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit first degree murder. The two charges of first-degree murder are under different theories of the alleged crime. One states Frazee killed Berreth with intent and deliberation. The other alleges she died during the execution of a separate crime. Just before his court appearance in Cripple Creek, 11 News obtained court documents that indicate prosecutors believe Frazee tried to hire someone between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 to kill Berreth.

4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May said it isn't clear if the death penalty will be sought in the case.

Information from the court documents obtained by 11 News:

COUNT 1 - MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
On or about November 22, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully, feleniously, after deliberation, and with the intent to cause the death of a person other than himself, caused the death of Kelsey Berreth.

COUNT 2 - SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entered, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

COUNT 3-MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
On or about November 22, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously, acting alone or with one or more persons, committed or attempted to commit Robbery and, in the course of or in furtherance of that crime, or in the immediate flight therefrom, the death of Kelsey Berreth, a person, other than one of the participants, was cause by anyone.

COUNT 4-SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 2018 and November 1, 2018, PATRICK FRAZEE unlawfully and feloniously commanded, induced, entered, or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the felony of murder in the first degree, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

COUNT 5-SOLICITATION TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Between and including September 1, 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, with intent to promote or facilitate the commission of that crime and under circumstances strongly corroborative of that intent.

The charges listed on the court papers also say Frazee, possibly along with at least one other person, allegedly tried to rob Berreth and she was killed afterward.

The judge did deny the defense's request for a gag order in court, but District Attorney Dan May has asked the Teller County Sheriff's office not to release any new information. Our news partners at the Gazette report Frazee's attorneys are barred from sharing the arrest affidavit, which would likely provide more key information in his arrest, for now.

Another hearing is scheduled for Friday morning.

He's being held in the Teller County Jail on the charges listed above.

Frazee made his first court appearance last week for a custody hearing for his and Kelsey Berreth's one-year-old daughter. The toddler is now in the custody of Berreth's parents as Frazee remains in jail.

Police arrested Frazee right before Christmas on suspicion that he killed Berreth after she was last seen on Thanksgiving day. While they haven't found Berreth's body, police say they no longer think she's alive.

"Investigators have recovered a number of items that make us suspicious that the crime did occur at Kelsey's residence and that's why we've been coming back to her residence as we get additional information that leads us to various locations." Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said during a December 21st news conference on the arrest.

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