MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on the case of a kidnapped Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot and the man accused of committing the crimes (all times local):
The public defenders for the man suspected of fatally shooting a Wisconsin couple and kidnapping their daughter say they’ll ask that he appear in person for his first appearance in court, instead of by closed circuit video from jail, as is standard procedure.
Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said they believe Jake Patterson can get a fair trial, but aren’t sure where. They say it has been an emotional time for the community of Barron, and that they understand the pain the case has generated.
The 21-year-old Patterson is due in Barron County Circuit Court Monday afternoon after he is formally charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at their home near Barron on Oct. 15.
Glynn and Jones say Monday’s hearing should be brief.
A man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents is due to make his first court appearance.
Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is expected to appear in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, after prosecutors formally charge him with intentional homicide and kidnapping.
Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron on Oct. 15, gunned the couple down and abducted 13-year-old Jayme Closs. She was missing for nearly three months before she escaped from the cabin in Gordon where she said Patterson had been holding her.
Charging documents could shed more light on the case. It’s unclear how Patterson became aware of Jayme, and authorities have found no evidence of any interactions between them. Her family says they don’t know Patterson.