Jake Patterson has made his first appearance in court in person since he was arrested for the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and murder of her parents.
The 21 year old appeared in Barron County Court on Wednesday morning, having been transported to Barron from the jail in which he's being held in Polk County.
Patterson has been charged with first-degree homicide in the killing of Jayme's parents, as well as one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.
The hearing on Wednesday was a short one in which Patterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which would establish if there was enough probable cause to move the case to a trial.
As he waived this right, the case will proceed to trial, with a date for arraignment set for March 27 at 1 p.m.
Members of Patterson's family were in the front row, with the 21 year old making brief eye contact with his father as he entered and left the court room.
There were also members of Jayme Closs' family in attendance.
Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin, is accused of breaking into the Closs home in the early hours of Oct. 15 and shooting James and Denise Closs dead with a shotgun, before abducting Jayme and holding her captive for almost three months.
The teenager managed to escape captivity in early January and raise the alarm, with Patterson arrested a short time later just outside of Gordon.