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Man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs to appear in court Wednesday

Gordon home where prosecutors say Jake Patterson held Jayme Closs Gordon home where prosecutors say Jake Patterson held Jayme Closs
Deanna Wagner | 07 February, 2019, 13:46

The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been bound over for trial.

Some of the 13-year-old's loved ones are planning to attend Wednesday's preliminary hearing, which is meant to gauge the strength of the prosecution's evidence.

Prosecutors said they believe Patterson will stand trial, however, he has yet to enter a plea.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who helped lead the search for Jayme, called her a "hero" for managing to escape from Patterson.

"I just wish that I had you home, I'd take you out for a steak if I had you home, she likes steak", Naiberg said, according to WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The room was packed Patterson's family and Jayme Closs's family. This was the first time Patterson, 21, faced a judge in person.

"Do you want a preliminary examination?" the judge asked.

Under Wisconsin rules of criminal procedure, the objective of a preliminary hearing is for a judge to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the defendant to proceed to trial.

Patterson once again smiled and nodded at family in the audience as he was ushered out of the courtroom.

Closs was kidnapped the day her parents were murdered during a home invasion on October 15.

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Patterson, 21, faces up to life in prison on charges that he killed James and Denise Closs and kidnapped their 13-year-old daughter Jayme and held her captive for almost three months.

On Jan. 10, Patterson left the house and told Jayme he would be gone for five or six hours. That's when the teen made her getaway.

Jayme escaped from a cabin in Douglas County on January 10 and flagged down a dogwalker for help. That's when she was able to track down a woman who was walking a dog. The elder Patterson responded, "I love you".

Patterson told investigators that he saw Jayme get on the school bus on Highway 8 during his drives to work.

Patterson took her to a cabin and said no one could know she was there or "bad things could happen to her", the complaint said.

Patterson had no connection to the Closs family.

Patterson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the killings of James and Denise Closs, as well as kidnapping and burglary counts.

He's being held on a $5 million bond. Since her reunion, family members have posted updates online on how she's doing.

Jayme Closs enjoying a steak dinner with her grandfather. We had to share!