The Latest: Man waives hearing in Wisconsin girl abduction

BARRON, Wis. - The Latest on court appearance for man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin girl and killing her parents (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents has been ordered to stand trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson gave brief answers to the judge Wednesday. He acknowledged he was giving up his right to a hearing at which prosecutors would have had to show they had enough evidence to warrant a trial. The judge then set arraignment for March 27.

As Patterson was leaving the courtroom, he nodded at his father and said, "I love you." His father responded, "I love you."

Jake Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10.

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11:15 p.m.

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.

Jake Patterson is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days .

Patterson is expected to be in the courtroom for Wednesday's hearing. At his initial hearing, he appeared on a video screen.

According to the criminal complaint, the 21-year-old Patterson told investigators he saw Jayme getting on a school bus near her home and decided to abduct her. He allegedly admitted to killing her parents and taking Jayme to his cabin in Gordon, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) north of Barron.


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