Justice for Jessica Ridgeway: Hearing considers suppression of evidence against suspect Austin Sigg
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Plans for graphic testimony forced the mother of murder victim Jessica Ridgeway to leave the courtroom on Wednesday during a pre-trial hearing.
Austin Sigg, 18, is scheduled to go on trial in October in the kidnapping, killing and dismemberment of the 10-year-old Ridgeway in October and an attack on a female jogger at Ketner Lake on Memorial Day weekend last year.
Sigg has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Ridgeway's mother, Sarah, was initially in court Wednesday morning, but left before a forensic pathologist testified about Jessica's injuries.
"There was evidence of blunt traumatic injury" consistent with sexual assault at or about the time of Jessica's death, the pathologist testified.
The pathologist also testified that based on her observations, Jessica's body was dismembered after her death.
The judge in the case ruled that the pathologist and a pediatrician are qualified to testify at the trial.
Sigg's defense attorneys had objected to the doctors' designations as experts.
The judge also ruled that statements made by Sigg and his mother over the phone when the mother called police will be admissible during the trial.
Jury questionnaires will begin on Sept. 20. Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Oct. 3.
A trial date was also set for the case involving Sigg and the attempted abduction of a jogger at Ketner Lake. It will begin on Jan. 13.
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