Michelle Stein, a friend of Krystal Lee, told ‘CBS This Morning’ that “ she had very, very good reasoning for whatever it is she may or may not have done.”
Stein also went on to say that she couldn’t “really comment completely, but fear. And legitimate fear” was the reasoning behind Lee disposing of the cell phone.
When asked if Lee feared Patrick Frazee, who has been charged with the murder of Berrth, Stein said, “Yes, that’s what I believe, yes.”
Stein also told ‘CBS This Morning’ that Lee had “never seen that kind of evil in anybody.”
While Lee and Frazee are suspected of having an affair, Stein would not confirm or deny the accusation to the news outlet.
Lee, who is accused of tampering with physical evidence in the case, may have helped Frazee dispose of Berrth’s cell phone because he was a “dangerous person,” Stein said.
“She did tell me that she’s never seen that kind of evil in anybody. I will just tell you Krystal was very, very scared,” Stein told ‘CBS This Morning.’
“Krystal is a level headed, kind, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky person. She’s a tough cowgirl. She was absolutely scared and extremely upset.”
Stein got emotional as she discussed her friend, telling the news outlet that Krystal, “had very, very good reasoning for whatever it is she may or may not have done.”
When pressed about Berreth’s murder, Stein maintained that Krystal had no part in it. She told the news outlet, “I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever,” about her friend’s involvement in the actual murder.
“I learned that Patrick Frazee has committed a homicide on approximately Nov. 22, 2018 in Teller County. I knew that law enforcement would be investigating that crime,” Lee said during her court appearance on Friday, reading from a prepared statement.
“I moved the victim’s cell phone with the intent to impair the phone’s availability in the investigation. I had no right or authority to move the victim’s cell phone. That occurred between Nov. 24 and Nov. 25, 2018. In Teller County.”
Berreth went missing from a Safeway grocery store in her hometown of Woodland Parks, Colorado, on Thanksgiving Day. The last person to have seen her alive is suspected to be Frazee. Both Berreth and Frazee have a daughter together named Kaylee.
Just three days after Berreth’s disappearance, her cellphone pinged off a Gooding, Idaho, cell tower. Lee is thought to have been in Colorado at the time of Berreth’s disappearance; a source told The Daily Mail.
Berreth’s body or remains have yet to be found.