Abbotsford, British Columbia, CA – On Sept. 17, 2014, Kevin Patterson and Christopher Shade allegedly used shovels to bludgeon a man to death with the intent of robbing him.
The victim, 57-year-old Richard Bergesen, had met Mr. Patterson through his church, and offered the troubled youth a place to stay. Then aged 19, Mr. Patterson already had multiple criminal convictions under his belt.
The older man met his brutal demise in his Sammamish, WA home a year after taking in the youth as a housemate.
The accused killers stole the victim’s money, credit cards and BMW before they fled to Canada by car, driving under a barbed wire fence near Spokane, WA.
United States law enforcement sources say the men used the stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree in Abbotsford, B.C. and host a party at a hotel in the area.
The BMW was equipped with a GPS device, which U.S. authorities used to track the car to Canada. They arrested the duo later that day.
Mr. Shade, then aged 18, was sent back to the U.S., and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
According to Mr. Shade’s confession, Mr. Patterson, aged 20 at the time of the incident, had summoned him to the house, and let him in on a plan to drug and rob Mr. Bergesen and use his car to flee to Canada. However, he said, Mr. Patterson deviated from the agenda, taking a shovel from the garage and entering Mr. Bergesen’s room alone. Mr. Shade said he heard odd sounds coming from the bedroom and went to investigate. He found Mr. Patterson beating the older man with a shovel and joined in, he said.
Mr. Patterson, who has dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, fought extradition for over four years by filing eight motions.
He initially claimed he “identified as a homosexual” and had twice been subjected to sexual assault while serving prison sentences in the U.S.
In a follow-up motion, he added that he is also transgender, identifies as a woman named Rachel, and has been using hormones to transition to a feminine appearance. The accused killer said he is fearful of U.S. prisons, and “demanded diplomatic assurances” that he would be housed in a women’s facility if extradited to the U.S.
“The prejudice against transgendered prisoners is such that they would tear her to shreds,” Mr. Patterson’s lawyer asserted.
The Minister of Justice reviewed the policies of the King County and Washington state correctional system, and determined they have policies in place to protect and ensure just treatment of transgender inmates. They ordered him extradited.
Mr. Patterson appealed the extradition order, but in January 2019, the three judges who reviewed the application upheld the MOJ’s finding, declaring it would not be “oppressive or unjust” to extradite Mr. Patterson without the diplomatic assurances he demanded.
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A transgender woman who was arrested in Abbotsford in 2014 as a suspect in a Washington state murder recently fought her extradition to the U.S, saying she was not given “diplomatic assurances” that she would be housed in a women’s facility and protected from the risk of abuse.
SEATTLE – One of two suspected killers in Sammamish’s only homicide is now back in the U.S. KIRO 7 has confirmed that 18-year-old Christopher John Shade, known as “CJ,” is behind bars at the King County Correctional Facility in downtown Seattle.