Jake Patterson waives preliminary hearing in Jayme Closs case

February 06, 2019 06:34 PM

During a court appearance Wednesday, Jake Patterson, the suspect accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 

Patterson has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary, according to a criminal complaint. 

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The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine if probable cause exists.

After Patterson declined a preliminary examination, arraignment date was set for March 27. 

According to the criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators he knew Jayme "was the girl he was going to take" after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home. He made two aborted trips to the family's home before carrying out the attack in which he killed Jayme's mother in front of her.

RELATED: Grandfather of suspect in Jayme Closs disappearance says no one had any clue

In the days that followed, thousands of people volunteered to search for Jayme. Investigators believe Patterson hid Jayme in a remote cabin in Gordon, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Barron, before she escaped and got help from a woman walking her dog.

Jayme told police that on the night she was abducted, she awoke to her dog's barking, then woke her parents as a car came up the driveway. Her father went to the front door as Jayme and her mother hid in a bathtub, according to the complaint. Jayme told police she heard a gunshot and knew her dad had been killed.

Patterson — dressed in black and wearing a facemask — broke down the bathroom door. He taped Jayme's mouth, hands and ankles before pulling her out of the bathtub and shooting her mother in the head, the complaint said.

He dragged Jayme outside, threw her in the trunk of his car and drove off, according to the complaint.

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.

RELATED: Suspect in Jayme Closs disappearance makes first court appearance

When he left or had friends over, he sealed her under the bed with tote boxes and weights so she couldn't crawl out, sometimes for hours, according to the complaint. When his father visited, Patterson told investigators, he turned up the radio to conceal any noise she might make.

Closs escaped Jan. 10 when Patterson was away.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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