Judge denies venue change in Austin Sigg murder trial
The judge in the Austin Sigg murder trial has denied a request for change of venue out of Jefferson County where defense attorneys argue that massive media attention will deprive their client of a fair trial.
Sigg is charged with kidnapping, murdering, and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway after abducting her on her way to school on Oct. 5, 2012. The gruesome murder of such a young girl shocked the small town in Colorado. The now 18-year-old Sigg was reportedly turned in by his mother after which he confessed to police.
On Monday, attorneys for both sides argued primarily about the admissibility of a transcript of Sigg’s interview with police following his arrest October 24. The document was reviewed in detail and many portions were redacted.
Jury selection began last Friday, and potential jurors filled out a questionnaire which attorneys for both sides reviewed. As of Monday 382 of the 716 potential jurors had been dismissed.
Opening Statements are currently scheduled to begin October 3, and the trial is expected to last a little over two weeks.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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