Teen pleads not guilty in slaying
April 13, 2013 10:30 AM
by HEATHER BLAKE

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado teen pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and kidnapping in the kidnap-slaying and dismemberment of a 10-year-old girl that panicked Denver-area residents last fall — despite police testimony that the youth had confessed to the crime.

Austin Sigg, 18, stunned a courtroom by entering the not guilty pleas in the death of Jessica Ridgeway in the Denver suburb of Westminster. Sigg also pleaded not guilty to a May attack on a 22-year-old jogger at a lake in Jessica’s neighborhood.

Sigg’s not guilty pleas came despite his alleged confession and the discovery of some of the girl’s remains at his home. He also confessed to the jogger attack, police say.

Trial was set for Sept. 23.

Jessica, a fifth-grader, disappeared while walking to school on Oct. 5.

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