The man accused of kidnapping a teenaged girl and killing her parents is expected to enter a plea during his court appearance this week in a Wisconsin court in the United States.
Jake Patterson (21) was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Jayme Closs (13) and the murder of her parents. He is expected to appear in court on Wednesday March 27th on an arraignment.
Patterson is believed to have penned a letter to a local news company in which he alleged that he will enter a guilty plea. This has not been confirmed by either his lawyers or the prosecution.
In conversations with local authorities, Patterson said he decided to kidnap Jayme after seeing her boarding a school bus near her home. The charges against him allege that on October 15th last year he entered the family home, killing James and Denise Closs. The family home was located in Barron, which is about 145 kilometres northeast of Minneapolis.
Patterson is then believed to have bundled Jayme into the boot of his car before driving to a remote cabin. Jayme was held captive for 88 days before being able to escape on January 10th.
According to AP, Patterson is charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Prosecutors have also included one count of burglary. Should he be convicted, Patterson could face life in prison.
On the night she was abducted, Jayme said she was sleeping when a barking dog woke her up. She then heard a car driving up the driveway. It was at this point that she woke her parents up. Jayme and her mother hid behind a shower curtain in the bathroom. She listened as Patterson shot her father in the head.
Patterson found Jayme and her mother hiding in the bathroom. He taped Jayme's hands behind her back and bound her ankles together. He then wrapped tape around her head and mouth before shooting her mother in the head as well.
Authorities searched for Jayme for months. During this time some 3,500 tips from the public were collected but it was not until January that Jayme would see an opportunity for escape. While Patterson was away from the cabin she managed to escape and flagged down a woman walking her dog. Patterson was arrested minutes later.
Following her escape, Jayme has been living with her aunt, away from public view.