Teen charged in Mass. teacher killing due in court
Jan 30, 2014 09:21 AM
Philip Chism, 15
Colleen Ritzer's body was found in woods nearby the school on Oct. 22
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A 15-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with killing his math teacher is returning to court Thursday for arraignment on a second rape charge.
Philip Chism is charged in the October killing of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old teacher at Danvers High School.
Chism, who was 14 at the time, had recently moved to Danvers from Clarksville, Tenn.
Chism has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, robbery and murder. He was indicted last week on the initial rape charge. In court documents, state police say Chism admitted killing Ritzer but denied raping her.
Police say they want to conduct a forensic examination of Chism's cellphone to see if he memorialized the killing in photos, video or audio recordings.
Authorities allege Chism raped and killed Ritzer after she asked him to stay after school for extra help.
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