Arraignment continued in Sigg case

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Austin Sigg, the teen accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster, did not enter a plea during his arraignment hearing on Tuesday, March 12.

Instead, Judge Stephen Munsinger continued the hearing for 30 days, allowing Sigg’s defense team more time to investigate possible defenses.

Originally, the defense team asked for an additional two months due to the massive amount of information in discovery.

One defense attorney told the judge more time was needed because the team hasn’t thoroughly gone through every piece of discovery, which includes 50,000 pages of information, 2,500 photos and 1,800 pieces of physical evidence.

Sigg is now expected to enter a plea April 12.

“You have three choices, guilty, not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity,” Munsinger told the defense team. “I will allow you to amend the plea down the road if needed.”

Sigg is facing 18 charges, including first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child. During the preliminary hearing on Feb. 22, Westminster investigator Louis Lopez testified that Sigg confessed to the murder of Ridgeway during a 911 call.

Sigg told the dispatcher “I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof.”

He said the remains were in the crawl space at his home, and he was giving himself up completely. Police investigated Sigg’s home in Westminster and found the remains. Lopez testified that Ridgeway’s death was asphyxiation, according to the coroner.

Sigg is accused of kidnapping and killing Ridgeway in early October 2012. He is also accused of attempting to abduct a woman jogging around Ketner Lake in May 2012.

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