Greenland Murder Suspect Denied Bond

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Suspect Arrested: Mandrake Patterson

The Greenland man suspected of shooting and killing his wife and mother-in-law has been denied bond by a Circuit Court judge.

Judge William Storey of the Washington County Circuit Court ruled Mandrake Patterson, 27, should not be allowed to leave jail on any bond amount.

Patterson appeared in court Monday to hear the charges he is facing. His arraignment is set for Feb. 13 in Circuit Court.

Patterson was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of killing two people and injuring his wife’s aunt at 1037 N. Main St. in Greenland. He remains in the Washington County Detention Center, while facing charges of capital murder and attempted murder.

Patterson’s mother-in-law, Betty Desalvo, 53, was pronounced dead Thursday after a shooting incident at 1037 N. Main St. His wife, Hope Patterson, 34, died later at Washington Regional Medical Center, according to a news release Friday from the Greenland Police Department.

A third woman, Denise Fulfer, 55, was in critical but stable condition at Washington Regional Medical Center. Desalvo and Fulfer are sisters.

Patterson made a voluntary statement to Greenland police and confessed to being involved in the shooting, according to a probable cause preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Elmwood Apartments on Main Street at 8:46 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

“It was a domestic dispute that went bad,” said Police Chief Gary Ricker.

All those involved lived at the address where the shooting occurred, according to the news release.

Police said there was fifth person who also lived in the apartment who witnessed the shooting and is being questioned by police.

Greenland police said a shotgun was used in the shootings.

Authorities do not yet know what led to the shooting, Ricker said late Thursday.

Police said they have responded to disturbance calls at the home in the past.

Ricker said it’s been a while since something like this has happened in the city of Greenland.

“The last murder we had before this was probably about 10 years ago, and I`ve been police chief for 21 years. And this is only the second time that something like this happened,” Ricker said.

The Washington County Coroner’s Office on Friday removed a body from for the apartment where the shooting occurred.