Jessica Ridgeway Murder Suspect Confessed, DA Says

10/25/2012 at 02:00 PM EDT

Jessica Ridgeway Murder: Prosecutor Says Austin Sigg Confessed
Austin Reed Sigg
Westminister Police Dept.
A day after police announced they had arrested Austin Sigg for the abduction and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, a prosecutor told a judge that they already have "a confession and DNA match."

"The evidence is overwhelming," Chief Deputy District Attorney Hal Sargent said at Sigg's initial court appearance on Thursday in Golden, Colo. Sigg, 17, was ordered to return to court Tuesday, when he is expected to be charged as an adult. He is not eligible for the death penalty because of his age.

Members of Ridgeway's family attended the hearing dressed in purple, her favorite color. Sigg's family also attended, and wept as he entered.

At one point, Sigg turned to look back at his mother, Mindy Sigg, who says she called police, reportedly after speaking with her son.

Prosecutors declined to comment further in court or outside the courtroom.

Sigg, shackled and handcuffed and under watch by 14 officers, appeared calm and alert. But as the judge explained to him what was going on in court Thursday morning, Sigg said, "I don't understand."

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