Trial Delayed in Case of Teen Accused of Slaying Girl

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- The arraignment of a Colorado teen charged in the grisly slaying and dismemberment of a 10-year-old girl was postponed after his lawyers said they still have massive amounts of evidence to study.

Judge Steven Munsinger on Tuesday continued the plea hearing of 18-year-old Austin Sigg until April 12.

Sigg walked into court wearing an orange jumpsuit. He flashed a tight smile and talked with his attorneys before the hearing.

Police say Sigg previously confessed to killing Jessica Ridgeway.

About 10 people, including Jessica's mother, were in the audience, all wearing purple, Jessica's favorite color.

Jessica, who lived in the Denver suburb of Westminster, disappeared while walking to school on Oct. 5.

Sigg cannot face the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the slaying. If convicted, he could face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

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