Man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs to appear in court Wednesday

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Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson will find out if there's enough evidence for his case to head to trial in Barron County court.

The criminal complaint filed against Patterson states that he broke into the Closs residence; shot and killed James and Denise Closs before kidnapping Jayme and then holding her hostage for almost 90 days in a residence near Gordon, WI.

Jake Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on October 15 and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme Closs, from their Barron home.

At that time, Patterson will be arraigned on charges of double homicide and kidnapping. He's been held on $3-million since being arrested the day Jayme escaped. 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, the complaint said.

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"I don't think any of us can really know what she's going through but I think that if she has to be with a group of people that will love her and support her for the rest of her life, she's in the ideal family to do that", Saffert said.

On Jan. 10, Patterson left the house and told Jayme he would be gone for five or six hours.

Jake Patterson's preliminary hearing lasted only a few minutes as he waived his right to hear the state's evidence against him. He allegedly admitted to targeting Jayme and killing her parents before kidnapping and holding her hostage for almost 90 days.

"I have no doubt that she's going to make it".

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Patterson will enter a plea during an arraignment set for March 27. He reported that he went to the Closs residence with his father's 12-gauge shotgun, planning to kill any eyewitnesses to the abduction, according to a criminal complaint. "The strong little fighter she is", Saffert said.

If convicted, he would face mandatory life sentences on each of the homicide counts, up to 40 years for kidnapping and 15 years for burglary.

As he was leaving the courtroom, Patterson smiled and nodded at his relatives and said, "I love you". When his father visited, Patterson told investigators, he turned up the radio to hide any noise she might make.

Patterson also said that he did not know Jayme or her parents and that he chose her after seeing her exiting a school bus, according to the criminal complaint.

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