Jessica Ridgeway Murder

Judge: Brain development expert may testify at Austin Sigg’s Trial

Jessica Ridgeway Photo / AP - Westminster Colorado Police DepartmentGOLDEN, CO. The judge in the Austin Sigg murder trial ruled Wednesday that expert testimony on brain development may be included in the defense.

Under Colorado law a defense team may not introduce opinion evidence on the mental state of a defendant unless there has previously been a court ordered mental health evaluation. However, Chief District Judge Stephen Munsinger granted the motion under the condition that the expert testimony be restricted to adolescent brain development in general without offering opinions on Austin Sigg.

Sigg is accused of the gruesome kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway that shocked the city of Westminster, CO. He is charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery in the Jessica Ridgeway murder as well as attempted kidnapping and assault in a separate attack on a 22-year-old jogger.

Sigg has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Trial is scheduled to begin September 20.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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