Ryan Riggs, indicted for capital murder in the May 2016 death of Chantay Blankinship of North Lake Brownwood, is scheduled to make his first court appearance in a Dec. 11 arraignment, court records show.
Riggs, 21, remains in the Brown County Jail with bond denied.
The November session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned a capital murder indictment against Riggs.
The indictment alleges that Riggs intentionally caused Blankinship’s death “by choking her, stomping her, striking her with a lawnmower blade or other blunt force … and was in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of kidnapping or aggravated sexual assault” of the 25-year-old woman.
District Judge Steve Ellis, anticipating a possible death penalty case, has appointed the office of the Regional Public Defender for Capital cases of Lubbock to represent Riggs.
Ellis signed court order appointing the office to Riggs’ defense on Nov. 17 after Riggs claimed to be indigent and requested a court-appointed attorney.
Riggs was arrested at the Law Enforcement Center the night of Nov. 15 after first confessing to Blankinship’s murder at his church. Riggs went on to give a “full confession” to Sheriff Vance Hill, sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Bird and Texas Ranger Jason Shea, Hill said earlier.