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Kidnap suspect's lawyers: Confession problematic for defense

Jan. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they're starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they're not sure he can get a fair trial in the...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists

Jan. 16, 2019 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A Canadian national has been kidnapped by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso near its border with Niger, the West African nation's security ministry said Wednesday. The Canadian man, identified as Kirk Woodman, was abducted overnight during a raid on a mining site in...

The Latest: Sheriff defends Jayme Closs 911 response

Jan. 16, 2019 2:29 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and the killing of her parents (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A Wisconsin sheriff says his deputies did everything they could on the night a 13-year-old girl was abducted and her parents slain. A criminal complaint says Jake...

Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel

Jan. 16, 2019 12:48 PM EST
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso says Canadian abducted by suspected extremists, latest foreigner seized in Sahel.

The Latest: Grandfather: Suspect 'backed off from crowds'

Jan. 15, 2019 7:35 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The grandfather of a 21-year-old Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents during a home invasion says his grandson was "quiet and shy." Jim Moyer told ABC News...

Complaint in Closs case could be road map for prosecution

Jan. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The criminal complaint charging a Wisconsin man with abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents laid out the case in detail and offered a possible road map for how prosecutors will seek a conviction in the girl's 88-day ordeal. The 12-page complaint against Jake Thomas...

Judge won't toss evidence in kidnapping of Chinese scholar

Jan. 15, 2019 5:20 PM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge in central Illinois has denied defense motions to suppress evidence in the case of a 28-year-old man charged in the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports Tuesday that the judge accepted FBI assertions...

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case

Jan. 15, 2019 12:36 AM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in the family's home. Authorities say Jayme was found alive after being held captive for three months by a man who is now charged in her...

Kidnapping suspect targeted girl after seeing her get on bus

Jan. 14, 2019 11:24 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told detectives that "he knew that...

The Latest: Prosecutor lauds Jayme Closs for bravery, escape

Jan. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a kidnapped Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot and the man accused of committing the crimes (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Wisconsin prosecutors say they expect to release more information soon on the case against a man charged with kidnapping...