FEB 6, 2019 Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper Jake Patterson appears in court, waives preliminary hearing Jake Patterson, accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs after murdering her parents, appeared in person Wednesday in Barron County Circuit Court and waived his preliminary hearing. Patterson, who appeared before Barron County Circuit Judge James C. Babler, made his initial appearance Jan. 14 via video from the county jail. In a preliminary hearing, a judge determines if there is probable cause that a felony was committed, and if it was committed by the person who prosecutors charged. It's not uncommon for a defendant to waive the preliminary hearing. By doing so, Patterson acknowledged that there is enough evidence for a case to go forward without admitting guilt. Patterson is scheduled to return to court for an arraignment hearing on March 27.