Jury selection begins in murder trial for man accused of killing, dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway
Jury selection began Friday morning in the murder trial of Austin Sigg, the now 18-year-old accused of gruesomely killing and dismembering ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway last October.
Potential jurors filled out questionnaires, which will be reviewed by attorneys over the weekend, and both parties will appear in a Jefferson County court in Tuesday to further question the jury pool.
Sigg’s defense attorneys have filed a motion for change of venue, arguing that the extensive media coverage of the trial would deprive Sigg of his right to a fair trial. A judge will rule on the motion after determining if a jury can be properly seated.
Jessica’s disappearance led to a massive search, and the discovery of the pieces of her dismembered body sent shockwaves through the small Colorado town. According to prosecutors Sigg confessed to the crime after his mother called the police to turn him in.
Prosecutors have also suggested that Sigg’s defense is preparing a mental health defense.
Sigg is charged with 18 counts and may face up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. The death penalty in not an option because Sigg was 17-years-old at the time of the murder.
Trial is scheduled to begin with Opening Statements on October 3, and the entire trial is estimated to last two and half weeks.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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