Jessica Ridgeway Murder Suspect Austin Reed Sigg Calm in Court
The 17-year-old arrested in connection to the abduction, murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway made his first court appearance today, remaining calm as the judge announced that he will be tried as an adult.
Austin Reed Sigg was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of criminal attempts.
The charges against Sigg are for Jessica's death and for the alleged attempted abduction of a jogger in May 2012.
Though Sigg will be tried as an adult, if convicted, he is not eligible for the death penalty or for a mandatory life sentence without parole, under Colorado law.
Sigg was wearing a bright, light green jumpsuit in court and his hands and feet were both shackled, according to ABC News' Denver affiliate KMGH. He was calm throughout the proceedings, interrupting the judge once to say he had not understood part of the hearing. It was explained to him by his court-appointed attorney.
Several members of Ridgeway's familly were in court, including her mother and aunt. The Ridgeway family was dressed in purple, Jessica's favorite color. Sigg's mother was also in the courtroom.
The teen will be held in a juvenile facility without bond until his next court appearance on Oct. 30 when charges are expected to be formally read.
Sigg's defense asked the judge to put all documents in the case under seal and issue a gag order, according to KMGH.The judge sealed the documents, but did not issue a gag order.
Sigg was arrested after confessing to his mother, who then called police in Colorado so her son could turn himself in, sources said.