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Teen accused of Ridgeway murder will be tried as adult

Defense failed to file reverse transfer motion

DENVER - Austin Sigg, the teen accused of brutally murdering Jessica Ridgeway will be tried as an adult, according to our sister station in Denver, KMGH.

A hearing for 17-year-old Sigg is scheduled for Tuesday.
Prosecutors charged Sigg as an adult with murder, kidnapping and other crimes. The defense could have asked the judge to send the case to juvenile court, but court officials say they failed to do so.  

According to Rob McCallum, spokesman for the Colorado Judicial Department, Sigg's lawyers never filed the reverse transfer motion as they were expected to.
Court officials wouldn't elaborate, and lawyers on both sides declined to comment. All cited a judge's gag order.

Although that was expected to be the primary reason for Sigg to appear in court, his appearance will go on so the court can schedule a preliminary hearing and determine where Sigg should be held.
Sigg is charged in the October killing of Jessica Ridgeway, who lived in a west Denver suburb, and a May attack on a jogger, who escaped.
Prosecutors say he confessed to both crimes. They also say Jessica was sexually assaulted.

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