ACCUSED MURDERER REFUSES TO TESTIFY

The 34 year-old man accused of a double murder in Hammonton has decided not to take the stand in his own defense. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday at the trial of Patrick Latko, who is charged with the murders of 29-year-old Ryan Patterson and his mother 64-year-old Diana Patterson, who were found brutally stabbed inside of their home in November 2011. Latko’s mother took the stand on Tuesday for the defense. The prosecution contends that Latko, who was a friend of Patterson, was jealous of his relationship with an ex-girlfriend.