Patterson Waives Hearing in Abduction, Murder Case

Updated: February 06, 2019 06:11 PM

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents has been ordered to stand trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

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Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson gave brief answers to the judge Wednesday. He acknowledged he was giving up his right to a hearing at which prosecutors would have had to show they had enough evidence to warrant a trail.

"The purpose of a preliminary examination is to determine whether a probable cause exists. Probable cause means facts, together with reasonable inferences from those facts, which would lead a reasonable person to conclude that a felony has probably been committed and that you probably committed it," Barron County Judge James Babler, said to Patterson.

The judge then set arraignment for March 27. At the arraignment, Patterson will plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. 

Additional details about the case were not released at the hearing. 

As Patterson was leaving the courtroom, he nodded at his father and said, "I love you." His father responded, "I love you."

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. from Patterson's cabin in the town of Gordon. Patterson was arrested that same day.

Jayme was hospitalized in a Duluth-Superior hospital and has since been reunited with her family. 

Patterson was formally charged on Jan. 15 with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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