Former Clarksville teen in court Tuesday in teacher murder case - WKRN News 2

Former Clarksville teen in court Tuesday in teacher murder case

Posted: Updated: Aug 12, 2014 10:27 AM
Philip Chism is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated rape. Philip Chism is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated rape.
BOSTON, Mass. - A former Clarksville teen charged in the rape and murder of his Massachusetts math teacher will be in court Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, Philip Chism's lawyers will ask a Salem Superior Court Judge to dismiss “youthful offender” charges against him.

Chism had recently moved to Massachusetts last fall when he allegedly raped and killed Coleen Ritzer at Danvers High School.

The state's law requires minors 14 and older who are charged with murder be tried as adults, but Chism's lawyer claimed that is unconstitutional.

Attorney Denise Regan said it violates the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution's 14th amendment, according to the report.

Chism was 14 years old when the murder happened.

Now 15, Chism pled not guilty to all charges against him, including first-degree murder and aggravated rape.

He also faces attempted murder and other charges from an assault on a Youth Services worker while in custody earlier this year.

*Associated Press contributed to this report.

Previous Stories:
Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.