Detective: Cooperative, remorseful Sigg admitted to Ridgeway murder

Austin Sigg and his two defense attorneys appear at a motions hearing on March 12, 2013. (Sketch: Jeff Kandyba)

Austin Sigg and his two defense attorneys appear at a motions hearing on March 12, 2013. (Sketch: Jeff Kandyba)

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Austin Sigg, the teen accused of kidnapping and murdering Westminster 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, appeared in court for a motions hearing on Thursday morning, and heard testimony from a detective who said Sigg admitted his guilt.

Sigg was taken into custody on Oct. 24, two weeks after portions of Ridgeway's remains were found in a Jefferson County open space. The 18-year-old smiled at his mother and grandmother before taking his seat in the courtroom on Thursday.

Detective Michael Lynch took the stand early in the hearing, testifying that on October 23, Sigg's mother, Mindy Sigg, called Westminster police, saying her son had confessed to the kidnapping and murder of Ridgeway.

With the help of Sigg, Lynch testified, investigators were able to find three black trash bags containing Ridgeway's remains in the crawl space under Sigg's home.

Lynch also said that Mindy Sigg overheard a conversation between Sigg and his brother.

"Tell dad not to get me a lawyer for me," Sigg reportedly said, according to Lynch. "I need to be punished for this."

During his initial interview with Westminster Police, Lynch said that Sigg signed all the waivers he was provided and that he also gave police the passwords to his computers. When the issue of search warrants came up, Sigg reportedly said, "Honestly, if I wanted to put you through all that trouble, I'd never have come in."

Though Lynch painted a picture of Sigg as cooperative and remorseful, the teen has since plead not guilty to the 17 charges brought against him in connection Ridgeway's kidnapping and murder as well as another attack on a female jogger at Ketner Lake in May 2012.

Sigg's defense team attempted to hammer home the point that detectives did not make it clear to their client that it was his right to have a parent present during his interview with investigators. Lynch disputed those claims on Thursday, saying he advised Sigg of those rights, and that the teen then proceeded to waive them.

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