Closs suspect to stand trial


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

 The appearance marked Patterson’s first in-person public appearance since the Barron County District Attorney’s office charged him with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, felony armed burglary and the kidnapping of Jayme Closs.

 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.

 A large group from Jayme’s family was also in the courtroom.

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