Attorneys for suspect Jake Patterson talk emotions, healing, along with kidnapping and homicide charges

January 13, 2019 10:59 PM

After being held captive for 88 days, teenager Jayme Closs spent the first weekend back home, safe with relatives in Barron County, Wisconsin.

At the same time the suspect in her abduction and the murder of her parents, James and Denise Closs, sat in jail ahead of Monday's court hearing where he facings homicide and kidnapping charges. Bail will also be set. Patterson doesn't have a criminal record.


Sunday night, his public defenders Charles Glynn and Richard Jones met with Patterson and afterward talked with the media. Glynn said Patterson displayed the kind of emotions and feelings you would expect of someone in this situation. When asked if that meant Patterson confessed, Glynn replied, "no comment."

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Chris Fitzgerald is the Barron County Sheriff and said Patterson had "specific intentions to take Jayme, but how he became aware of and chose her will be part of the criminal charges."

"The community of Barron has a lot of healing to do and the hearing Monday is part of the process," Defense attorney Richard Jones said. 

Both attorneys also said they wouldn't rule out making a request for a change of venue, given the publicity of the crimes.

Earlier Sunday, one of the women helping Jayme and the Closs family get through this dark time talked about their bond and her wish for Jayme. 

"This family has always had this amazing strength, they've always been there for each other long before this happened," she said. "I want Jayme to be able to draw the line in the sand and be at that line starting forward today and if I could wish anything on her it's that she'd never have to go back through this again ever."

Patterson's first appearance in court is at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

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Beth McDonough

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