On Trial Day 2 Frazee is in court neatly dressed in a crisp, blue-striped shirt. In criminal cases appearances matter. Impressions count just as they do for those wishing to get away with murder.
Before Kelsey’s brother Clint testifies, Cheryl finishes her testimony. She mentions financial troubles. Another parallel with the Watts case.
She mentions a strained relationship with her future in-laws. Another parallel.
And the winter sunlight streaming into the condo gleamed silver over what appeared to be wipe-trails.
The Judge continues to enforce strict protocols. Only the media may cover the trial in court.
When Clint testifies, he refers to finding blood in the bathroom.
Like his mother, Clint’s testimony regarding his sister is emotional, in stark contrast to the defendant.
Clint also remarks on financial rumblings, including a squabble over his [Frazee’s] father’s inheritance.
One thing Clint noticed that stood out – that didn’t look right – was a broom on Kelsey’s bed. The equivalent of the sheets stripped off the bed, or thrown in the trash, in the Watts case.
After Clint’s testimony, Kelsey’s work supervisor is called to the stand.
What was Frazee doing with Kelsey’s gun? Meanwhile, like Chris Watts, Frazee told others of relationship problems, whereas Kelsey Berreth hadn’t mentioned this to anyone.
The Woodland cop on the stand is Corporal Dena Currin. A 15 minute body camera recording is played in court. According to the Denver Post:
“We basically had a heart to heart that this wasn’t working out, that she wanted to go our separate ways,” Frazee told Corporal Dena Currin on Dec. 2.
Many people following the Chris Watts case have wondered how he thought he could get away with it, and carry on with his life as usual. The Patrick Frazee case provides a possible scenario for how one might act, or pretend, following a crime.
The defense will do their damnedest to argue a botched investigation, contamination and a compromised crime scene.
The trial is expected to last 3 weeks.
Intertextualities with the Watts Case:
1. Both cases involve plea deals.
2. Neighbor’s surveillance data while not conclusive, nevertheless compelling and damning.
Differences with the Watts Case:
1. Friends knew about the plot to murder Kelsey – not only Krystal Kenney, who was in on the plot allegedly for three months or more, but also Michelle Stein who knew about the plot for a month, and did not come forward during this time, nor immediately following Kelsey’s disappearance.
2. Motive had likely more to do with issues of child custody than alimony [see below].