Convicted Colorado murderer writes letter claiming innocence
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Convicted Colorado murderer writes letter claiming innocence

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Teller County Sheriff deputies lead Patrick Frazee out of the Teller County Courthouse on April 5 in Cripple Creek, Colo. 

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of fatally beating his fiancee with a baseball bat has written a letter to a television reporter arguing his innocence.

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Patrick Frazee, 33, wrote a letter after not testifying at his trial or speaking at his sentencing, KCNC-TV reported. The letter to KCNC-TV reporter Rick Sallinger came after Frazee appealed his life sentence.

The return address is from the Colorado Department of Correction Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway.

“Let me start by telling you I did not kill Kelsey!” Frazee said in the letter. “I want my daughter to know the truth. Most of all I want my daughter to know I did not kill her mother!”

Kelsey Berreth, the mother of their child, went missing on Thanksgiving 2018.

She was last seen on video in a Woodland Park Safeway, authorities said, adding that her body was never found.

Krystal Lee, who was having an affair with Frazee, was the key witness against him, testifying that he asked her three times to kill Berreth, but she couldn’t do it, prosecutors said.

The 33-year-old former Twin Falls nurse was sentenced to three years in a plea deal after she helped clean up Berreth’s townhome in Woodland Park where she died, court officials said.

Frazee argued in the letter that unknown male DNA was found in the sink in Kelsey’s bathroom despite investigators telling reporters that all DNA was identified. Frazee also argued his attorneys did not even try to present a defense and told him not to speak to the media.

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