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2014-10-02

Former Banderan faces murder charges

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

On the heels of the extradition of Kolbee Trammell to Missouri to face felony murder charges, another former Bandera County resident now finds himself in a similar hot seat.
Christopher "CJ" Shade, 18, and an accomplice face murder charges in Washington State after allegedly beating a former Boeing executive to death with shovels at the man's home in Sammamish.
According to Bandera County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Matt King, Shade, who lived on Bottle Springs Road, attended Bandera High School and played on the Bulldog football and basketball teams, but failed to graduate.
King said Shade's mother withdrew her son from high school at his request in December 2013, his senior year. His family apparently moved to San Antonio last year and in December, Shade's mother reported her son as missing.
Using credit card and cell phone information, Shade was traced to Terlingua; Wilcox, Arizona; San Diego and San Francisco, California; and Portland, Oregon.
Eventually, Shade landed in Washington State, where - it appears - sometime during the week of Monday, Sept. 15, he and Kevin D. Patterson, 20, allegedly participated in the brutal murder of Richard Bergesen, 57.
According to a Sept. 19 statement from the office of King County Washington Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, after the pair purportedly killed Bergesen, they apparently stole the victim's credit cards, wallet and vehicle, a BMW, and fled to Canada, entering the country illegally. They were arrested in a hotel in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Wednesday Sept. 17, just 12 hours after Sammamish, Washington police officers found Bergesen's body.
According to law enforcement reports, investigators used a GPS device on the BMW to track the stolen vehicle. Sgt. DB Gates with the King County Sheriff's Office noted that after locating the BMW, Abbottsville law enforcement assigned a surveillance team to watch the vehicle, "When it moved, they were able to stop the vehicle," he added.
Shade and Patterson remain in custody, each under a $2 million bond due to the "senseless brutality of the murder" and the fact that both suspects are considered flight risks.
Additionally, according to prosecutors, Patterson has an extensive criminal history and, in fact, had been sentenced on a felony burglary charge a few days prior to Bergesen's murder. His criminal record also includes convictions for custodial assault, ID theft, forgery and fourth degree assault.
Shade had no criminal record while living in Bandera County, according to the BCSO.
When King County investigators interviewed the suspects in Abbotsford, not surprisingly, both offered differing versions of the incident.
Once homeless, Patterson had been living with the victim for approximately a year after the two met at a church in Redmond, detectives reported. Police discovered Bergesen's body at his home on Wednesday morning; however, reports vary as to the circumstances behind the welfare check. According to one version, police received a call from a friend of Patterson who informed them Patterson allegedly had admitted to assaulting Bergesen with a shovel. An alternate version was that neighbors reported hearing "screaming and a loud banging sound" coming from the residence in an upscale Seattle suburb.
During a post-arrest interview, Patterson said he asked Shade to come to the residence the night of Tuesday, Sept. 16, after Bergesen had made sexual advances toward him. Patterson said he then left the home and returned to find Shade beating Bergesen with a shovel.
Additionally, he said that Shade had forced him at knifepoint to help tie Bergesen's hands and feet and steal his wallet. Patterson denied having any involvement in planning the attack or striking Bergesen, according to court documents.
For his part, Shade, who had met Patterson just a few days prior to the incident, apparently told investigators that Patterson asked him to come to Bergesen's residence on Tuesday night to help him "drug his roommate, steal his money and car and drive to Canada."
At the victim's residence, Shade said he witnessed Patterson beat Bergesen with a shovel, investigators noted. However, Shade also allegedly admitted to participating in the murder by hitting the victim "once or twice," before both suspects stole the victim's BMW and headed off to Canada. After crossing the Canadian border, they used Bergesen's credit card to purchase gas, two prepaid Canadian cell phones, clothes and an Apple laptop computer.
The King County prosecutor's office is working with the United States Justice Department's Office of International Affairs to extradite the defendants to the US where they face a host of felony charges, including Murder in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. However, it is believed that Patterson may hold dual citizenship in the United States and Canada, making his extradition more problematic.