Jonathan Patterson Found Guilty Of Murder, Arson

Joseph Haney
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Jonathan Patterson (at left) waits to be removed from the courtroom following his trial Thursday. (photo courtesy of WSLS 10)


Thursday evening - After two hours of deliberation, a Buena Vista jury convicted Jonathan K. Patterson of murder in the first degree and arson in the death of his father, Phillip Edmond “Jay” Patterson II. The verdict marked the conclusion of a two-day trial in Buena Vista Circuit Court.

Jay Patterson was found dead in his home on the morning of Feb. 11 after members of the Buena Vista Police Department responded to a request for a welfare check. Responding officers attempted to enter the house but were unable to do so due to smoke from a fire that had been set inside. Patterson was found inside the home and identified at the scene.

“I’m really gratified that the jurors took this case seriously, that they spent the time on it that was necessary and came to the right conclusion,” said Joshua Elrod, commonwealth’s attorney for Buena Vista, after the verdict was read. “It’s a tough case and burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt is always hard, and I think the time the jurors spent deliberating shows that they took that seriously. The evidence was there and I’m glad that that’s what they found.”

Judge Christopher Russell ordered a presentence investigation in the case, which he estimated would be concluded in “about 100 days or so” and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for April 21 at 2 p.m. Full details of the trial will appear in the Dec. 7 edition of The News-Gazette.


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