Jessica Ridgeway Murder

Attorneys back in court for Colo. man accused of murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway


Austin Sigg Mug shot / Jefferson County JailAttorneys in the murder case for Austin Sigg, the now 18-year-old man accused of killing and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgway, will be in court Wednesday morning to argue whether a sexual assault nurse who examined the victim’s remains will be allowed to testify at trial.

Sigg was arrested Oct. 23, 2012, after allegedly confessing to his mother, Mindy, who then called the police. He is charged with 19 counts, including first-degree murder after deliberation, three counts of felony murder, sexual assault on a child, second-degree kidnapping and robbery, as well as attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and attempted sexual assault related to the park jogger.

He was 17-years-old at the time of his arrest, so he is not eligible for the death penalty or life in prison due to recent United States Supreme Court cases which decided that those penalties are cruel and unusual punishment for minors.

Sigg has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and trial is scheduled to begin September 20, 2013.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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Timothy Keran says:

The next motions hearing is scheduled for August 29, and trial is set for October 3.

Jury selection will begin September 20th. The court plans to call an initial pool of 840 jurors.

Sigg, who pleaded not guilty in April, is charged with 18 counts in connection to Jessica’s death as well as the attack of a female jogger at Ketner Lake.

Because he was 17 years old when Ridgeway was murdered, Sigg cannot face the death penalty. He would likely face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years if he pleads guilty or is convicted.

   
Timothy Keran says:

Sigg was charged as an adult and may face life in prison.

   

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