Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Austin Sigg must face trial in death of Jessica Ridgeway
Due to DNA testing, Judge Stephen Munsinger bound Austin Sigg, 18, over for trial on 18 of 20 counts relating to the death of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and an attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake over Memorial Day weekend last year.
When it was inevitable that DNA would reveal him as Jessica Ridgeway‘s killer, Sigg confessed to his mother, “I’m a monster.”
Prosecutors dismissed two additional charges.
Westminster police Detective Albert Stutson testified that Sigg got on the phone after his mother called to report him and said, “I murdered Jessica Ridgeway. I have proof that I did it. You should send a squad car down here. I’ll answer all the questions. I won’t resist.”
During Stutson’s testimony, a tape of the phone call Sigg’s mother, Mindy Sigg, made to police on Oct. 23 was played. “My son wants to turn himself in for the Jessica Ridgeway murder. He just confessed to killing her,” Mindy Sigg is heard saying.
When the dispatcher asked her what her son had told her, Mindy Sigg replied, “That he did it, and he gave me details. He’s turning himself in.”
Lynch’s testimony of his interviews revealed that Austin Sigg grabbed Jessica when she was walking by his car. He put her in the back seat and tied her with zip ties around her arms and legs, then drove around for a while.
Sigg took Jessica to his bedroom. He took her clothes off. He tried to choke her with zip ties, then strangled her.
Under defense cross-examination, Lynch said Sigg denied sexually assaulting and torturing Jessica.
He told his mother that he dismembered her body in the bathtub with a saw he found in the garage. He then bagged up pieces of her body and hid them in a crawl space beneath their home.
Two workers from a dump found Jessica’s torso in a shiny garbage bag. One of the men opened the bag and found another bag inside. He dumped that bag on the ground. A supervisor arrived, opened the bag with a pocket knife and saw the torso.
Mindy Sigg told police some of Jessica’s remains were in the crawl space of her house.
An autopsy determined that the cause of death was asphyxiation secondary to suffocation or strangulation.
Anissa Jones, a sexual-assault nurse examiner, testified that she examined Jessica’s torso and determined that there was evidence that she had been bruised, cut and sexually assaulted.
Sigg also said he had attacked the jogger. He said he used a red rag soaked in chloroform that he made using a recipe he found on the Internet.
The lead police detective in the case testified that DNA evidence linked Sigg to the clothing of the jogger who was assaulted May 28 and to the clothing and body of Jessica.
The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an order by Munsinger closing the preliminary hearing.
Several media organizations challenged the ruling, saying Munsinger did not follow the law before closing the hearing.
Source: Denver Post “Austin Sigg must face trial in death of Jessica Ridgeway,” February 22, 2013.