Bail denied for suspect in U.S. murder

Kevin Patterson was arrested in Abbotsford

Kevin Patterson

A man who was arrested in Abbotsford last September as a suspect in a U.S. homicide has been denied bail for the second time.

Kevin Patterson sought bail while awaiting a decision by the Minister of Justice on whether to extradite him to the U.S. on charges of murder and theft.

He was first denied bail in B.C. Supreme Court in February, and applied for an appeal, which was dismissed on Monday.

The Court of Appeal judge upheld the earlier decision, saying that Patterson is a flight risk, has a criminal history and is alleged to have committed a violent offence.

Patterson, 21, and co-accused Christopher Shade, 19, were arrested at a hotel in Abbotsford last September.

It is alleged that the pair used shovels to bludgeon to death Patterson’s roommate Richard Bergesen, 57, who was found dead in his Sammamish, Wash., home on Sept. 17.

The pair then allegedly stole the victim’s credit cards and 2013 BMW 328 sedan and fled to Canada, driving under a barbed wire fence on a road north of Spokane.

Patterson and Shade then allegedly used the stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree in Abbotsford and host a party at a local hotel.

They were arrested later that day at the hotel after U.S. authorities tracked the BMW from the vehicle’s GPS device.

Court documents indicate that Patterson was homeless at the time he met Bergesen, a manager at Boeing, through a church pastor.

Bergesen offerered Patterson – born in Canada and adopted by a couple who later moved to Washington State – a place to stay about a year before his murder and helped him to take positive steps in his life, according to the documents.

Shade, a U.S. citizen, was moved back to the U.S. two months after his arrest, but Patterson, who has dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, has remained in B.C.

In upholding the first decision, Justice Pamela Kirkpatrick said Patterson has a substantial criminal record that includes convictions for criminal trespass, assault, custodial assault, theft, forgery and identity theft.

Just Posted

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: B.C. Horseshoe Association hosts Abbotsford tournament

B.C. International Highwayman Open runs on Saturday and Sunday

Fire breaks out in Abbotsford home

Crews were able to quickly douse the fire and save the structure

Recent food symposium aims to create ‘valley food culture’

Event held in Abbotsford drew 100 people form local food community

Man arrested after police standoff and fire at Abbotsford home

Suspect allegedly breached conditions to not be near victim or her home

Microbrewery seeks permission to expand food & beer servings

Council gives thumbs up to Loud Mouth Brewery’s application for a lounge endorsement

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

On-duty Vancouver police officer facing dangerous driving charges

Few details have been provided about the case

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Growing coffee, tea, lemons and papayas in the Fraser Valley

‘Anything that is grown anywhere on the planet we can grow’

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

5 to start your day

Corgis put on a show at the Cloverdale Rodeo, family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras remembers him and more

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Most Read