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December 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Suspect in Sammamish man’s slaying extradited from B.C.

One of two men accused of beating a Boeing manager to death in his Sammamish home in September before fleeing to Canada in the victim’s car has been returned to the U.S., according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Christopher J. Shade, 18, was extradited from Canada last week and booked into the King County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning at the King County Courthouse.

Co-defendant Kevin D. Patterson, 21, a Canadian citizen, remains in custody in Abbotsford, B.C., pending extradition to the U.S., the prosecutor’s office said.

Shade and Patterson are each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

According to charging documents, Patterson and Shade told investigators that the victim, Richard Bergesen, 57, made a sexual advance on Patterson, on Sept. 16. Bergesen had met Patterson, who was homeless, through Overlake Christian Church and took him in and offered financial and emotional support, authorities said.

But according to text messages exchanged between Bergesen and Patterson’s sister, Bergesen was concerned about Patterson’s progress registering for school and making monthly restitution payments in connection with a recent conviction for breaking into a Redmond library, charges said.

At some point early on Sept. 17, Patterson and Shade went into Bergesen’s bedroom and beat him with a shovel, prosecutor allege.

Charging papers said that after killing Bergesen, Patterson and Shade stole his 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 in the BMW.

 

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