INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — It’s been almost a year since the body of Jessica Ridgeway was found dismembered in a Denver Colorado suburb. The man accused of killing her will soon head to trial.
Opening arguments are scheduled for October 3 in Austin Sigg’s murder trial in Colorado. Jessica lived there when she died, but has family in Independence, Mo.
They plan to travel to Colorado for Sigg’s trial.
Ridgeway’s family is still scraping together the money they need to make the trip. While they don’t think justice will truly be served in the case, they say they want to make sure Sigg won’t be able to hurt anyone else.
“It’s just been kind of numb. It’s like trying to put an end to it, and it just keeps getting brought back up,” said Angie Moss, Jessica’s grandmother
While 10-year-old Jessica was laid to rest in January, her family says they won’t have true closure until her killer is held responsible. In October of 2012, Sigg confessed to the kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of Jessica’s body.
According to reports, prosecutors in Colorado think Sigg’s attorneys may try for a mental state defense.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with his mental state,” Moss said. “I think he did what he did and he knows what he was doing and he did it intentionally.”
Since Sigg was a minor when the crime was committed, he won’t get the death penalty. Jessica’s family has been told the most he could get is life with the possibility of parole, which Moss feels just isn’t enough.
“I’ll do everything in my power to keep him in… never ever to get out. Ever.” Moss said.
Jessica’s family hopes to be able to stay in Colorado long enough to see a finished playground be officially dedicated to Jessica. That’s scheduled for October 5, the one year anniversary of her disappearance.