On Tuesday the Jessica Ridgeway suspect Austin Reed Sigg was officially charged as an adult in that case as well as the May attack on an older female near Ketner Lake.
Of the 17 charges leveled against the 17-year-old, 11 of them pertain to the Ridgeway 10-year-old girl’s murder case in Colorado with the remaining six applicable to the victim in his botched Lake Ketner attack.
Prosecutors loaded the defendant up on charges that some might think is excessive, but prosecutors tend to heap as many charges as possible on a defendant in order to assure justice for the victim and their family.
This is important in the event a jury rules that the prosecution did not prove their case for one or more of the charges made.
Of course a suspect has to be believed to be guilty of the charges made, and in this case police say they have overwhelming DNA evidence to support their charges. If the fact so much evidence existed but police were still unable to find and apprehend the killer quicker, then click here to better understand why DNA evidence was not enough to lead police to the suspect without his mother having to turn him into them.
Another reason a prosecutor might seek to charge a suspect in a case with as many as three counts of crime of violence (like in the Sigg scenario) is because they fear that the defense attorney will seek to have evidence and/or statements dismissed. Sigg’s attorney has already stated he will seek to do that in his client’s case.
Dismissal of evidence or statements made can leave prosecutors without a case in some instances, or greatly limit the justice they can pursue for the victim. However, tacking on as many charges as are justified can save the day in those instances.
In the Jessica Ridgeway case, Sigg was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, sexual assault on a child and robbery. In addition, he was also charged with three counts of crime of violence for the child’s abduction, injury and death according to 9NEWS.
Incidentally, in the Ketner Lake attack Austin Sigg was also charged with three counts of crime of violence as well as one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree kidnapping and one count of attempted sexual assault.
By charging the defendant with three counts of crime of violence in both cases, when everyone knows that the violence perpetrated against the child victim far outweighed the physical violence committed against the older female victim, the prosecution is seeking to show that justice for the Lake Ketner woman victim is being as passionately pursued as they are seeking justice for Jessica Ridgeway.
And that proves that when it comes to the Colorado prosecution handling both these cases, justice really will be blind to any type of discrimination between the victims. And that the district attorney’s office is going for the maximum penalties available under the law for both women.
Given the probable unspeakable acts committed against the child abducted on her way to school on Oct. 5, then it appears to be the right objective by Colorado prosecutors for the juvenile being charged as an adult.