Jessica Ridgeway case: Suspect Austin Sigg wants trial moved from Jefferson County

Ridgeway kidnapped, killed Oct. 5

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Lawyers for a teen accused of killing Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster, as well as attacking a jogger months earlier, were in court Friday to argue several motions.

During the two hour hearing, attorneys questioned the first officer to arrive at Sigg's home on October 23. Sigg's attorneys want statements made to the officer banned from court. They said police failed to get a verbal consent from Sigg's mother that Sigg was waiving his rights.

The attorneys also want the trial moved saying in court documents that "massive" news coverage of the case has jeopardized his right to a fair trial.

The attorneys have also requested separate trials on the charges stemming from the death of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster last year, the attack on the jogger, and charges alleging there was sexually exploitative material in Sigg's home.

The judge did not issue any rulings Friday.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this year, prosecutors played a 911 call where Sigg admitted to killing Ridgeway and to trying to kidnap the jogger.

"I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof that I did," Sigg is heard saying on the recording. "I'm giving myself up completely, there will be no resistance whatsoever."

When the dispatcher asked Sigg if he had a criminal history, he confessed to a second crime.

"The only other (incident) was Ketner Lake, where a woman was attacked. That was me," Sigg said.

A two-and-one-half week jury trial for the case was scheduled to start with jury selection on September 20.

If convicted, Sigg faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Sigg, who is 18, cannot face the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the slaying.

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