Jayme Closs accused Jake Patterson makes first court appearance

Jake Patterson had his first court hearing to answer homicide and kidnapping charges.
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The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has made his first court appearance on Monday.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of first-degree kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary.

He appeared via video feed from Barron County Jail along with one of his attorneys, answering "Yes, sir" after being asked to confirm his name and address, expressing little emotion when spoken to by the judge.

The court went over the charges against him, which state he shot dead Denise, 46, and James Closs, 56, at their home in Barron, Wisconsin, in the early hours of Oct. 15, and kidnapped their daughter Jayme, holding her captive for almost 3 months.

A criminal complaint released earlier on Monday revealed details of the charges against Patterson, which you can read here.

County attorney Brian Wright asked the court to take into account the measures Patterson took to conceal himself from the crime he allegedly committed – including disguising his car, wearing a mask, wiping down the shotgun he used to kill Jayme's parents, and shaving his head – when considering what level to set bail.

"All of this indicates he is a flight risk, a danger to the public, and is unlikely to return to court ... without an exceedingly high cash bail," Wright said.

The judge agreed to a $5 million cash bail, despite his attorneys requesting a lesser amount.

Patterson has also been told to have no contact with Jayme Closs, nor the residents of Gordon, Wisconsin, who found Jayme and alerted police.

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No pleas were entered at the hearing. He will next appear in court at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6.

At a press conference after the hearing, Wright said there are no more charges set to come from Barron County, but more could be filed against Patterson in Douglas County, where Jayme was allegedly held captive.

He also said that there is additional information about Jayme's abduction that are not contained in the criminal complaint – potentially including a motive – but will not comment on those details prior to the court case.

While a decision on this will be made should the case proceed to a trial, Wright says he's hoping that Jayme will not be required to testify.

"You could see from the criminal complaint the amount of control he had over her," Wright added. "At some point she found it in herself, at 13 years old, to say 'I'm going to get myself out of this situation.' I think it's incredible."

But he also reminded the public after the hearing that "Mr. Patterson retains a presumption of innocence" as the case goes through the legal process. "I ask you to remember this case will be tried in a court of law."

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