BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The emotion inside the courtroom was tense as Jake Patterson, the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents, made his first court appearance in Barron County Monday afternoon.
Patterson appeared by video conference, appearing calm. When the judge asked him questions, he was very matter-of-fact with his answers. The courtroom was full of reporters, family members, and those who have been on the case since October.
The 21-year-old Patterson is facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping, and armed burglary.
"The court has reviewed the criminal complaint, almost 12 pages. I've considered the allegations, the possible penalties which include life in prison and find that substantial cash bail is necessary to ensure the defendant's appearance in court. I will set bail at $5 million dollars," said Barron County Judge James Babler.
In addition to his bail being set at $5 million, Patterson was also ordered to have no contact with Jayme and those who found her.
As Patterson's dad left the courtroom, media asked if he knew about his son but he didn't respond. Patterson will be back in court on Wednesday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.
After Patterson's court appearance, the Barron County District Attorney's Office addressed the case.
The Douglas County District Attorney was at the press conference saying his office is still reviewing the case to determine whether more charges will be filed in the county where Jayme was held captive.