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DA: No new charges for suspect in Closs case

SUPERIOR, Wis. (WXOW) – The Douglas County District Attorney said late Friday that he doesn’t anticipate filing any new charges “in the immediate future” against the suspect arrested in the Jayme Closs kidnapping and shooting of her parents.

District Attorney Mark Fruehauf said in a statement that the decision to file charges against Jake Patterson involves a number of considerations such as the existence of other charges. Concern for the victim plays a role, too.

Patterson is charged with breaking into the Closs home in October, shooting both parents, and holding Jayme captive at a home near Gordon for 88 days until she escaped.

He’s charged in Barron County with two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide and one count of kidnapping. Patterson remains jailed on a $5 million cash bond.

Fruehauf said the District Attorney’s Office does have the ability to charge Patterson at any time within the statute of limitations.

Patterson is scheduled to make his next court appearance February 6 in Barron County.


WXOW’s coverage of the Closs case

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