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The Today File

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September 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Men charged with first-degree murder in Sammamish slaying

Update 12:27 p.m.

King County prosecutors on Friday charged Kevin David Patterson and Christopher John Shade with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the slaying and robbery of a Sammamish man earlier this week.

In interviews with police, Patterson, 20, blamed Shade for the slaying. Shade, 18, blamed Patterson for Richard Bergesen’s slaying.

Both men told investigators that Bergesen made some sort of sexual advance on Patterson on Tuesday, prosecutors said in charges. But, according to a text-message exchange between Bergesen and Patterson’s sister on Tuesday, Bergesen was concerned about Patterson’s progress registering for school and making monthly restitution payments in connection with a recent conviction for breaking into the Redmond Library, charges said

Bergesen was bludgeoned with a shovel late Tuesday or early Wednesday. He was found dead in his bedroom by King County sheriff’s deputies late Wednesday morning. A friend of Patterson’s dialed 911 to report that Patterson had called him to say he had either knocked out or killed Bergesen, according to the charges filed in King County Superior Court on Friday.

King County sheriff’s investigators said they found a full-size garden shovel underneath Bergesen, charges said. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Bergesen died after suffering multiple blows to his head, charges said.

Charging papers said that after killing the 57-year-old Boeing manager, Patterson and Shade stole the victim’s wallet  and drove off in Bergesen’s 2013 BMW 328 sedan. The men drove to Spokane, then north into Canada, crossing the border illegally on a dirt road, charges said.

Once in Abbotsford, B.C., they used Bergesen’s credit card to buy gas, two prepaid Canadian cellphones, an Apple laptop and clothes, charging paperwork said. Sheriff’s investigators said they were able to find the men through a tracking device on the BMW.

Shade and Patterson are being held in a Canadian jail. King County prosecutors are asking that they each be held in lieu of $2 million bail once they are extradited.

Original post:

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office says a 57-year-old man found slain in Sammamish on Wednesday died of “blunt force injury” to his head.

A law-enforcement source had earlier told The Seattle Times that Richard Bergesen was likely beaten to death with a camping shovel. The source said a shovel was found near his body.

King County prosecutors said that they intend to file criminal charges in connection with the death by the end of Friday against Kevin David Patterson, 20, and Christopher John Shade, 18.

The King County Sheriff’s Office has identified Patterson as the prime suspect in the slaying. It’s unclear what role Shade had in the slaying.

Patterson and Shade are in custody in jail in Abbotsford, B.C., following their arrest in Canada. The men are accused of stealing Bergesen’s BMW, authorities said.

A Canadian justice on Thursday found probable cause to hold the men for investigation of stolen property, said Ian MacDonald, a police spokesman in Abbotsford. The men are slated to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Monday afternoon.

Bergesen met Patterson through their church, Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, and allowed him to live in his home, according to church members.

 

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