GOLDEN, Colo. - The teenager accused in the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway has been charged with 17 different counts including felony murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.
Austin Sigg, 17, made his first court appearance in Jefferson County court Tuesday morning.
He will be charged as an adult in the case.
Sigg faces a total of 11 charges directly related to Jessica Ridgeway's death. They include three counts of felony murder, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping with criminal intent, sexual assault on a child and crime of violence.
An additional six charges were also issued against Sigg relating to an attempted kidnapping in Ketner Lake earlier this year for which Sigg also stands accused.
A prosecutor said in court last week that authorities have a DNA match and a confession from Sigg.
7NEWS Reporter Amanda Kost said a shackled Sigg was accompanied by as many as eleven guards inside the courtroom.
Also inside the courtroom were eight members of Jessica's family, including her mother. Each wore some shade of purple, Jessica's favorite color.
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