Family members for both Ridgeway and Sigg attended the arraignment hearing on March 12, 2013. Almost all on both sides wore purple.
Sigg’s attorneys requested the arraignment be delayed for two months.
Munsinger pressed Sigg’s attorneys to explain why they needed more time to enter a plea for their client. He stressed the need to keep the court process on track.
In making the defense team’s case for more time, attorney Katherine Spengler told the judge there were 50,000 pages of discovery, 1,800 pieces of physical evidence and 2,500 photographs. Spengler also said the public defender’s office needs new software to access some of the computer evidence.
“A race to justice really is no justice at all,” she said.
The defense also requested a private meeting with the judge, without prosecutors present. They alluded to possible evidence they wanted to discuss but didn’t want prosecutors to be aware of. Munsinger instructed them to file a written request for that conference.
The judge reminded the defense attorneys they were only being asked to enter a plea at Tuesday’s hearing. “You’ve got three choices, guilty, not guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity,” he said. He added that they would likely be able to amend a plea if necessary.
Jefferson County District Court Judge Stephen Munsinger granted a 30-day delay in the arraignment. The judge set the new arraignment for April 12 at 1:30 p.m. MST.
Brief Summary of Jessica’s Case
10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was kidnapped on her way to school on October 5, 2012. Her body was found five days later in a field in Arvada. Authorities say Austin Sigg, then 17, confessed to the kidnapping and slaying. He was arrested October 23.
Sigg, who turned 18 in jail, is charged with 18 counts related to Jessica’s death, as well as an attack on a jogger at Ketner Lake over Memorial Day weekend last year. Five of those counts carry mandatory life sentences.
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