Judge denies Austin Sigg bond, DA to charge accused Ridgeway killer as adult
GOLDEN, Colo. — Despite arguments from the defense that their client is a juvenile with no criminal record, a Jefferson County judge ruled at a Thursday hearing that Austin Sigg, the 17-year-old accused of abducting and brutally murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, will be held without bond.
As the judge issued the decision, Ridgeway’s family, who was draped in purple – Ridgeway’s favorite color — and occupying the back row of the court room, hung their heads in silence.
Sigg’s mother Mindy, who reportedly turned her son over to authorities, was accompanied by another woman and sat on the opposite side of the courtroom. Both cried during the entire 30-minute hearing.
Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey made the case to deny Sigg bond, saying “not only do we have DNA evidence linking (Sigg) to this brutal crime, we also have a confession.”
Officially, Sigg’s Thursday court appearance was a juvenile delinquency hearing. But Storey said his office will move to try the 17-year-old as an adult at the next hearing, which will take place on Tuesday in Jefferson County District Court.
Nodding at times and conferring with his public defenders, Sigg looked alert and was draped in green.
Sigg is currently being held at the Mt. View Youth Service Center in Lakewood but will likely be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail at some point in the future.