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April 18, 2013

Sigg pleads not guilty to murder of Jessica Ridgeway By Ashley Reimers

areimers@ourcoloradonews.com Austin Sigg, the teen accused of murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, pleaded not guilty to all charges, including murder and kidnapping, during his arraignment on Friday. A trial is set to begin on Sept. 20 with jury selection. Sigg is facing 18 charges, including firstdegree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a child. During the preliminary hearing on Feb. 22, Westminster investigator Louis Lopez testified that Sigg confessed to the murder of Ridgeway during a 911 call. According to a tape played at the preliminary hearing, Sigg told the dispatcher “I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof.” He said the remains were in the crawl space at his home, and he was giving himself up completely. Police investigated Sigg’s home in Westminster and found the remains. Lopez testified that Ridgeway’s death was asphyxiation, according to the coroner. Sigg is accused of kidnapping and killing Ridgeway in early October 2012 while she was walking to school. He is also accused of attempting to abduct a woman jogging

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offer to a home. Moser suggests buyers speak with a lender before even beginning the process of buying a home. Both Aisha and Jelliffe agree. “My biggest tip is to secure the financing before you even start, and once you do, start looking right away,” Aisha said. “The market is in such a place where one day a house was there and literally by that evening it wasn’t.” Darlene Franklin is a licensed mortgage loan originator for America’s Mortgage out of Broomfield. When working with potential home buyers, Franklin said she looks at three mains parts for pre-approval: credit, income debt or income ratio and assets or a down payment amount. “We are looking at pay statements, where a person has worked, their income amount and, of course, their credit score,” she said. “All three parts have to be in line before we can give a loan to a person.” Franklin said in the past, the lending industry was not as strict when it came to documentation. But now every document is verified and everyone is treated equally, even if that person has a credit score of

around Ketner Lake in May 2012. Detective Michael Lynch also testified during the preliminary hearing about an interview he had with Mindy Sigg, Austin’s mother. According to Lynch, Sigg told his mother that he did not rape Jessica. Lynch testified that Sigg told his mother that he grabbed Jessica as she walked by his car, put her in his back seat. Sigg told his mother he Sigg was a monster and that he was also responsible for the attempted abduction of the jogger as well, according to Lynch. Friday’s hearing was a continuation of a March arraignment, which at that time Sigg’s defense team asked for additional time to investigate possible defenses. Defense attorney Katherine Spengler told the judge the team needed the extra time to thoroughly go through every piece of discovery, which included 50,000 pages of information, 2,500 photos and 1,800 pieces of physical evidence. Originally, the defense team asked for an additional two months due to the massive amount of information in discovery, but Judge Stephen Munsinger offered only a 30day extension.

HOME BUYING Median Home Price Increases by percentage in Adams and Jefferson Counties, according to METROLIST®

ADAMS COUNTY 2008- January Negative 8 percent JULY- Negative 15 percent 2009: January- Negative 16 percent JULY- Negative 2 percent

2013: January- 15 percent JEFFERSON COUNTY 2008: January- Negative 3 percent JULY: Negative 5 percent 2009: January- Negative 8 percent JULY- Negative 4 percent 2010: January- 2 percent JULY- 5 percent

2010: Januarys- 12 percent

2011: January- 3 percent

JULY- 10 percent

JULY- Negative 5 percent

2011: January- 0 percent

2012: January- Negative 1 percent

JULY- Negative 4 percent

JULY- 7 percent

2012: January- 0 percent

2013: January- 8 percent

JULY- 14 percent 640, she added. “People say it’s hard to qualify, but I don’t think that way,” she said. “The guidelines have always been there, but now the guidelines are actually being followed instead of steps being skipped.” Franklin said even though lenders are taking a closer look in terms of prequalification, she encourages people who may think they won’t qualify to take a chance. Many times people don’t think they have good enough credit, or don’t make enough money to buy a home but are wrong, she added. “I love helping people achieve their dream of buy-

ing a home and for a lot of people they think it’s not possible, when it is,” she said. “People are surprised all the time when they find out they do qualify. And when a person doesn’t qualify, I can help them with what they need to work on to get themselves there.” Moser also loves helping her clients find that perfect home. She’s been in the real estate business for 10 years, and day after day, she says finds her job rewarding. “I love it because I get to help people find the house with the perfect price that is good for the buyer and good for the seller,” she said. “It’s the greatest job when everybody is happy and everybody got what they are looking for.”

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