Jurors deciding the case against a teenager accused of killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway will be allowed to see evidence that defendant Austin Sigg was searching for and viewing child pornography for more than a year before the girl was killed.
The Denver Post reported that a Jefferson County District Court judge on Friday denied a motion from Austin Sigg’s attorneys to block the evidence. The judge also ruled that Sigg will be tried separately on allegations that he attacked a female jogger months before Jessica died.
Sigg is accused of kidnapping, killing and dismembering Jessica, who has relatives in the Kansas City area, in October. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said Sigg searched for and accessed websites about child sex abuse, child torture and child dismemberment for more than a year. The graphic websites were accessed from a computer at Sigg’s home between visits to the Arapahoe Community College website, prosecutors say.