Austin Sigg to face new child porn charges at Friday hearing

GOLDEN, Colo. — Friday morning, the public will get its first look at a teenager accused of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. He’ll appears in court for the first time in months.

This public viewing made possible by a Thursday ruling, when the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a district court judge’s decision to close Austin Sigg’s preliminary hearing, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Despite appeals from his defense team, Sigg will enter this hearing recognized as an adult. And he will also be facing three new charges, according to the Jefferson County district attorney – all of them dealing with child pornography.

Back in October, Austin Sigg was 17 years old when he allegedly killed Jessica Ridgeway. He is now 18.

Dan Recht is a criminal defense attorney and legal expert watching the case closely.

“This is not a ‘Who Done It?’ case,” Recht said, referring to the fact that Sigg has confessed to the crime. “The issue in this case is going to be whether Sigg was insane at the time.”

Prosecutors will get to that later. Their focus Friday is to show they have probable cause.

“The somewhat rhetorical question is if the prosecution be able to show, for the purposes of the preliminary hearing, that Sigg committed act,” Recht said. “Yes, I think that’s a foregone conclusion.”

The judge overseeing this case initially ruled the preliminary hearing should be closed to the public to protect Sigg’s right to a fair trial. Recht said he wasn’t surprised to the see the Colorado Supreme Court reverse that order

“Absent some particular findings, you have to have an open court room,” Recht said.


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