Closs kidnapper to be in court on Wednesday

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BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- The man accused of kidnapping Barron teen Jayme Closs and murdering her parents is due back in court for his arraignment.

Wednesday will be suspect Jake Patterson's third appearance in Barron County Court.

His first appearance, which was held over video conference, was held just days after his arrest on January 10. There, Patterson was formally read his charges of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.

His second court appearance, back in mid-February, was brief. During that time, Patterson waived his rights to a preliminary hearing.

The third court appearance for Patterson will take place on Wednesday when he is expected to enter a plea.

Earlier this month, a reporter with the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis exchanged a letter with Patterson, who, in the letter, said he would plead guilty to spare Jayme and her family from a trial. In the letter, Patterson added, "can't believe I did this."

Patterson's attorney, Charles Glynn, would not confirm or deny the validity of the letter.

If Patterson follows through with his claim, there would be no trial and a sentencing date would be scheduled.

If Patterson decides to plead “not guilty” with the option of tacking on "no contest" or "not guilty by mental defect," the case could go to trial or a plea deal could be worked out.

There is of course no guarantee on what Patterson will plea.

It's scheduled to start at 1 p.m.