Prosecutors say suspect has confessed in Ridgeway killing

10:34 AM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN, Colo. - Prosecutors say a Colorado teenager has confessed in the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl and in a separate attack on a runner.

Authorities also said Thursday they have "overwhelming" DNA evidence against 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg.

Sigg lived about a mile from Jessica Ridgeway, who disappeared Oct. 5.

The defendant made his first court appearance Thursday, wearing a mohawk and goatee, keeping his head bowed for much of the time and talking with his attorney but otherwise saying little. Sigg's family sobbed as he was led into the courtroom.

He made eye contact at one point with relatives of Ridgeway, who were in the courtroom wearing purple ribbons in the girl's memory.

Sigg's public defenders kept referring to him as a "child" during the court proceedings. The judge did not read Sigg his charges, but he did explain his rights. Sigg asked questions in regards to his legal rights, which the judge allowed Sigg's attorneys to explain to him.

Prosecutors say they plan to transfer the case to district court and eventually ask him to be transferred to the county jail, but he remains in juvenile court as of Thursday. Sigg's defense team requested to limit pre-trial publicity and a gag order. The judge did not rule on those requests Thursday morning.

The decision on what charges Sigg will face has not been made yet. He will be formally charged on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Until then, Sigg is on a no-bond hold.

Sigg looked back at Jessica's family at least once during the proceedings. Jessica's family did not react to anything said in court Thursday.

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