Colorado

Dec 12, 2012 12:32 PM by JD Downing

Changes made in charges against Austin Sigg

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors have changed some of the charges against a teen accused of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old Colorado girl.

The existence of the changes was revealed Wednesday during a hearing, but they were filed under seal, so no details were immediately available. Our news partner at 9NEWs in Denver reports those two new charges are for Sexual Assault and Crime of Violence.

Prosecutors previously filed murder and other charges against 17-year-old Austin Sigg in the slaying of Jessica Ridgeway. She disappeared Oct. 5 as she was walking to school in the west Denver suburb of Westminster.

Sigg is also accused of attacking a 22-year-old woman in Jessica's neighborhood in May. She escaped. He's charged as an adult.

The judge said Wednesday he would bar the public and the media from a preliminary hearing for Sigg, saying he wanted to avoid influencing any potential jurors if Sigg's case goes to trial.

 

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