Patterson waives preliminary hearing in Closs case; Headed to trial

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BARRON, Wis (WXOW) – Jake Patterson, the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and fatally shooting her parents made a brief court appearance Wednesday in a Barron County Courtroom.

Patterson was led into the courtroom by Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

During the appearance, Patterson agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in the case. The proceeeding, if not waived, would have required prosecutors to show that Patterson committed the crimes for which he’s charged.

He faces charges of first degree intentional homicide and kidnapping.

Patterson spoke just seven words, yes and no, as he rocked in his chair with his hands cuffed in front of him answering the judges questions about his understanding of waiving his preliminary hearing.

Judge James Babler set Patterson’s next court appearance for March 27 at 1 p.m.

The entire proceeding lasted about four minutes. You can watch the hearing in the video player above.

Patterson remains jailed on a $5 million cash bond.

MORE: Coverage of the Closs case


BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Jake Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days.

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Patterson is expected to be in the courtroom for Wednesday’s 11 a.m. hearing. At his initial hearing, he appeared on a video screen.

MORE: Coverage of the Closs case

According to the criminal complaint, the 21-year-old Patterson told investigators he saw Jayme getting on a school bus near her home and decided to abduct her. He allegedly admitted to killing her parents and taking Jayme to his cabin in Gordon, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Barron.

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