Sigg to be tried as adult in Jessica Ridgeway slaying

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Defendant transferred to Jeffco jail

By Ramsey Scott

Austin Sigg, 17, who is accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, will be tried as an adult. A Jefferson County judge also ordered Sigg to be transferred from the Mount View Youth Services Center to a special housing unit in the Jeffco jail. 

At a hearing Tuesday morning, a prosecutor presented two witnesses from the Division of Youth Corrections who asked the judge to approve the transfer. 

A preliminary hearing in the case has been scheduled for Feb. 22, 2013. There will be another hearing on Dec. 12 to finalize the case’s transfer from the juvenile court system. 

Sigg, a student at Arapahoe Community College, is being held without bail. He faces 17 counts, including 11 related to the abduction and killing of Jessica, including first-degree murder after deliberation, three counts of felony murder, second-degree kidnapping and robbery. 

Sigg is also facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted sexual assault and attempted second-degree kidnapping in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman on May 28.

Jessica vanished Oct. 5 while walking from her home to school in Westminster. He body was found on Oct. 9 in an Arvada open space area.

Sigg was arrested after a tip led police to a home near Ketner Lake Open Space in Westminster.