Austin Sigg in court Tues. for possible plea in Ridgeway case
Austin Reed Sigg is accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Almost a year after Jessica Ridgeway disappeared while walking to her Westminster school, the man accused of killing her will be in court Tuesday to possibly accept a plea deal.
In a statement Monday, a spokesperson for the Jefferson County courthouse said Sigg, 18, would appear around 2 p.m.
The hearing would regard “a possible plea deal in the People of the State of Colorado v. Austin Sigg” trial, said spokesman Rob McCallum.
Ridgeway, 10, disappeared Oct. 5. An Amber Alert was issued and a hundreds of volunteers looked for the girl for several days.
Five days later her body was discovered in an Arvada field.
Later in the month, as police searched for a suspect, they announced that the Ridgway murder was connected to an attack against a jobber at Kitner Lake in Westminster during Memorial Day weekend.
On Oct. 23, Westminster police arrested Sigg, then 17, after he allegedly admitted to his mother that he killed Ridgeway.
Sigg was to be charged as an adult in the case and initially faced 17 charges, including six for the attack at Ketner Lake.
Prosecutors said they have DNA evidence that links Sigg to Ridgeway and a confession from him.
The judge issued gag order in the case and has sealed court documents.