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Wenonah Man Pleads Not Guilty to Fatal Stabbings

A southern New Jersey man accused of murder in the stabbing deaths of his friend and the friend’s mother late last year has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Patrick Latko (Facebook)

Thirty-three-year-old Patrick Latko of Wenonah entered his pleas Monday. He also faces charges of hindering apprehension, tampering with physical evidence and weapons offenses in the deaths of 29-year-old Ryan Patterson and Patterson’s 64-year-old mother, Diana.

Prosecutors say Latko repeatedly stabbed the pair in the Paterson family’s Hammonton home in November. A motive has not been disclosed, but authorities say the men were acquaintances.

Latko was arrested a few weeks after the bodies were found. The Gloucester County resident remains jailed on $2 million bail.

Ryan Paterson was a well-known rider on the South Jersey amateur motocross circuit.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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