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Bucks County Prosecutors Pursue Death Penalty Against Man Accused Of Killing Girlfriend

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Prosecutors in Bucks County say they will pursue the death penalty against Kenneth Patterson who is accused of murdering his former girlfriend Diane Corado in December. Police have still not found her body.

Patterson appeared in court in Bucks County for his formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty to charges that include first-degree murder, kidnapping and burglary. The 57-year-old Levittown woman has been declared legally dead even though authorities have failed to locate her body and Patterson is not talking.

Prosecutor Michelle Henry says they are seeking the death penalty based on two aggravating circumstances.

“The first being that he committed this murder while in the course of committing another felony. In this case it would be kidnapping and burglary and also because of the defendant’s extensive violent criminal history,” Henry said.

Patterson’s public defender asked Judge Alan Rubenstein to remove him from the case citing a conflict of interest but that was denied. A trial date has been set for late August.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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  • Liberalssuck

    Put the beast in a room with John & Job until the trial. They obviously found brain matter or something definitive to go for the death penalty. Let them do their job.

  • don't get it

    For those who wonder whether this poor women isstill alive and having a steamy affair, why not contribute to his defense…just send a check. Until you “put up” let those who are in a position to know the facts make the decisions.

  • Job

    Thanks Sheriff, and the courts have reversed many death sentences for defendants who were exonerated by DNA evidence. The problem with objectivity is that everyone is 100% certain until they discover a new fact or piece of evidence that leads to the opposite conclusion. A death sentence kills a person and prevents reviewing the decision in the future.

  • sheriff

    Elmo Smith was the last person to die in the electric chair for the rape murder of 16yr old Mary Ann Mitchell in 1959. Elmo was juiced in 1961-62.

  • Job

    Anonymous, if we don’t know, then why are we killing him?

  • JustMe

    @ Anonymous: You know what? I wouldn’t put it past him to do something like that either. And I do agree that he should be given the death penalty. Now, if only Pennsylvania would just USE it. That’s quite another talk show, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, John. This guy is very violent and the way he came after her….well I think it’s safe to think that he did away with her. Probably ground her up for dog meat or something like that. Not a pleasant thought, but things like that do happen.

  • John

    They don’t even have a body and are pursuing the death penalty? What if they were wrong? What if she is having a steamy affair in Vegas with Donald Trump?

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