Bond set at $1M for man accused in death of Adrian Peterson's son


Bond for the man accused in the death of Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son was raised Tuesday to $1 million in a Sioux Falls, S.D., courtroom, KSTP-TV reports.

The judge in the case boosted the amount of the bond up from $750,000 during a hearing for Joseph Patterson, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Patterson, 27, appeared at the bond hearing through a video conference call from jail.

He is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Tyrese Ruffin, who died Oct. 11 from severe head injuries sustained in the alleged assault two days earlier. Patterson is the boyfriend of Ruffin's mother.

Patterson's arraignment hearing is set for Monday. He has hired Rapid City, S.D., defense attorney Tim Rensch for representation in the case instead of using a public defender, KELO-TV reports.

In a phone call with KELO, Rensch said, "I think he's absolutely and completely not guilty and I'm ready to prove that."

Peterson attended Ruffin's funeral a week ago.

The Vikings running back said last week that he only recently found out he was the father of the boy.

Meanwhile, the Argus Leader reports that about 100 people turned out for a fellowship service Tuesday night to remember Ruffin.

During the service, held at the First Evangelical Free church in Sioux Falls, the Rev. Randy Anderson said in his experience, "getting together with family and friends at times like this is surprisingly important."

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