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    WA - Richard Bergesen, 57, slain in his Sammamish home, 17 Sept 2014



    http://seattletimes.com/html/localne...micidexml.html

    Sitting in a Canadian jail, accused of killing the Sammamish man who reportedly took him in when he was homeless, Kevin D. Patterson proclaimed his innocence to his former lawyer on Thursday...

    Patterson, 20, was identified as a person of interest in the slaying of Rich Bergesen, 57, not long after the older manís body was found in his Sammamish home.

    A law-enforcement source close to the investigation said it appears Bergesen was beaten to death with a camping shovel. The source said the shovel was found near the body of the slain man.
    http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/dete...ammamis/nhPSN/

    Officers arrested Kevin Patterson in a hotel in Abbotsford, British Columbia, nearly 12 hours after they found a body in the Sammamish home where neighbors said he had been living. Abbotsford police said they also arrested an 18-year-old man who was at the hotel with Patterson. Sammamish police believe the 18-year-old was present at the time of the slaying, but do not know if he participated in the killing...

    While on the run, Patterson was driving a BMW deputies said was missing from the home. Neighbors said the vehicle was Bergesenís... Abbotsford police spokesman Ian MacDonald said there was evidence of fraudulent credit card use, and if they are found to have crossed into Canada illegally, they would face those charges as well.
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    This is very sad. Apparently it is the first homicide in the history of the city. And Mr Bergesen took the suspect into his home 'for a short while' after being asked by his pastor. The 'troubled' young man had been living in a dumpster.

    He stayed for nearly a year. And now this.
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    The suspect Kevin Patterson.

    http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/dete...ammamis/nhPSN/
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    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/...d-with-shovel/

    Kevin D. Patterson, 20, was homeless until he met a group of youth pastors from Overlake Christian Church at Jack in the Box restaurant, according to a defense sentencing memo provided to a judge in connection with a recent case Patterson was involved with.

    The Redmond church allowed Patterson to camp on their property and then “secured long-term housing for him,” the memo said. According to sources, that long-term housing was provided by the victim, a fellow parishioner...

    Patterson was sentenced last Friday for first-degree criminal trespass, stemming from a break-in at the Redmond Library on Dec. 25, 2012. In that incident, Patterson was described in charges as a “locally known transient with frequent police contact.”

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    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/...-blow-to-head/

    King County prosecutors on Friday charged Kevin David Patterson and Christopher John Shade with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the slaying and robbery of a Sammamish man earlier this week.

    In interviews with police, Patterson, 20, blamed Shade for the slaying. Shade, 18, blamed Patterson for Richard Bergesenís slaying.

    Both men told investigators that Bergesen made some sort of sexual advance on Patterson on Tuesday, prosecutors said in charges. But, according to a text message exchange between Bergesen and Pattersonís sister on Tuesday, Bergesen was concerned about Pattersonís progress registering for school and making monthly restitution payments in connection with a recent conviction for breaking into the Redmond Library, charges said.

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    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/C...275815091.html

    In an interview with King County detectives who made the trip to Abbotsford after the suspects' arrest, Shade said he had just met Patterson about a day before through a mutual friend and that Patterson called him on Tuesday night to come over to help him drug his roommate, steal his money and car and drive to Canada.

    Shade claims he took the bus to the home around 11:30 p.m. and was let inside by Patterson who had him wait in his room, according to court documents. Shade said he heard noises coming from Bergesen's room and ran down there to see Patterson beating him with a shovel, according to prosecutors. Shade admitted he then hit Bergesen "once or twice" with a shovel and helped tie the victim with rope, court documents said. They then showered and put their clothes in a bag in Bergesen's BMW and drove off.

    Shade said they searched Google to find a spot where they could sneak across the Canadian border, settling on a dirt road off 9 Mile Road north of Spokane. Then they drove under a barbed wire fence and up to Highway 3 into Abbotsford, stopping for gas, two prepaid Canadian cell phones, clothes and an Apple laptop -- all paid for by the victim's credit card, investigators said.

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    Patterson is originally from Penticton, according to his Facebook page.

    Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/suspect-in-wash...#ixzz3DnoCK52a
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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    This is very sad. Apparently it is the first homicide in the history of the city. And Mr Bergesen took the suspect into his home 'for a short while' after being asked by his pastor. The 'troubled' young man had been living in a dumpster.

    He stayed for nearly a year. And now this.
    Whoa. My good friend lives in this town. It's a peaceful place.
    This is so sad. That poor man, after all he had done to help the suspect...


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    Here's hoping for a fast exit from Canada and back to WA state
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    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/F...275962821.html

    Friends and neighbors gathered in the front yard of murder victim Richard Bergesen's home on Sunday afternoon to remember a life that some said ended too soon.

    "He's going to be missed," said Steve Brown who knew Bergesen for more than 30 years. "He had a wonderful life of giving and supporting others and it's just tragic that it had to end the way that it did."

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    "The King County Prosecutor's Office is working with the U.S. Justice Department's Office of International Affairs to figure out the return of Patterson and Shade to the U.S. to face charges."
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    This is terrible! We once took in a homeless young man from our church and he lived with us for 2 years. He had lived a year with the pastor and a few months with another church family. When we took him in he was about 20 years old and had spent a summer working at a church camp with our son in another state. Fall came and it got cold and the young man was living in his car with no job and nowhere to go. Our sons, one of similar age and one a bit younger, asked us to take the guy in for the weekend until he could find shelter on the following Monday. So, we did and the guy ended up staying for 2 years. We sent him to college, gave him a car and paid his car insurance, supplied him with free room and board, and treated him the same as our own sons. Eventually, he got a factory job with a temporary service along with our son. Then we found out that the young man we took in had been raping our young daughter for a year, since she was 12 years old! We had no clue and our daughter waited a year before telling us. We kicked the young man out but didn't prosecute, as our daughter was in a rather fragile state and would have had to go to court to testify. I was totally shocked, especially when the young man was from our church and had lived with the pastor previously. You never know who you can trust, and especially around your daughters. And as some have said, no good deed goes unpunished. Later at a different church, our youngest daughter was molested by the church worship leader who was the girls soccer coach at our daughter's school and the father of her best friend (he molested his daughter too). That time we got a felony conviction.

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    http://sammamishreview.com/2014/09/2...first-homicide

    Patterson and Shade were with two women when they were arrested. Patterson told them he came home and found someone had broken into the house and that Bergesen was dead. He told her he anonymously called 911 and reported the killing, and then left for Canada...

    Police found the men because Bergesen’s BMW had a tracking device on it...

    Patterson’s criminal history includes convictions for criminal trespass, assault, custodial assault, identity theft, theft, and forgery. Bergesen had supported him during his recent charges, taking him to attorney meetings and attending his sentencing.

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    from your link:

    "The next step in the case is for prosecutors to extradite the pair. The request has to go through the Office of International Affairs, part of the U.S. Justice Department, and can be a lengthy process, King County Prosecutorís Office Spokesman Dan Donohoe said."

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    "Kevin David Patterson, 20, and Christopher Shade, 18, of Issaquah, are being held in British Columbia, Canada. King County prosecutors have charged them with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

    Bail has been set at $2 million for each man. Police said the killing was Sammamishís first homicide."


    death penalty possible for them with first degree ...... given no death penalty in Canada that will muck things up for a speedy extradition....grrrrr
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