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The Bobster
10-07-2015, 03:32 PM

Teen Accused of Raping, Killing Teacher Goes to Trial
Jury selection gets underway Wednesday in the case of a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his high school teacher.
Published at 5:10 AM EDT on Oct 7, 2015


Jury selection has begun in the trial of a Massachusetts teenager accused of raping and killing his math teacher.

Philip Chism was 14 when he was charged in the 2013 death of 24-year-old Colleen Ritzer, a teacher at Danvers High School. He is being tried as an adult.

Jury selection began Wednesday in Essex Superior Court in Salem.

Ritzer's body was found in woods near the school. Prosecutors say her throat had been slit with a box cutter.

Defense attorneys have said they plan to use a mental health defense but haven't revealed specifics.

A student in Ritzer's class said she overheard the teacher asking Chism to stay after school after she saw him drawing instead of taking notes.

Chism had recently moved to Massachusetts from Clarksville, Tennessee.

12-15-2015, 01:56 PM

Philip Chism Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder
December 15, 2015 4:20 PM


SALEM (CBS/AP) — Philip Chism, the teen charged with killing his high school math teacher, was found guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated rape, and armed robbery Tuesday.

He was found not guilty of a second count of aggravated rape.

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for more than three hours after getting the case Monday, and continued deliberating Tuesday for a total of nine hours over both days.

As the guilty verdicts were read, Chism showed no emotion and stared straight ahead.

The Bobster
12-15-2015, 04:32 PM

Teen found guilty of brutally raping and killing his math teacher
By Associated Press
December 15, 2015 | 5:03pm

Philip Chism appears in Salem Superior Court. Photo: AP

Colleen Ritzer
Photo: Reuters

SALEM, Mass. — A Massachusetts teenager was convicted Tuesday of raping and killing his high school math teacher.

Philip Chism was 14 when he followed his algebra teacher, Colleen Ritzer, into a school bathroom, strangled her, stabbed her at least 16 times and raped her.

During his trial, his lawyer admitted Chism killed Ritzer, but said he was suffering from severe mental illness and was not criminally responsible for his actions. :rolleyes: A psychiatrist who testified for the defense said Chism was hearing voices and in the throes of a psychotic episode when he killed Ritzer.

Ritzer, 24, was a popular teacher at Danvers High School, about 25 miles north of Boston, doing her dream job, teaching math, Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall told jurors in her opening statement.

On Oct. 22, 2013, Ritzer asked Chism to stay after school. Another student who also stayed late that day testified that Ritzer tried to engage Chism — a student who had recently moved to Massachusetts — in light talk about how his new community compared with his old town of Clarksville, Tennessee. The student said Chism became visibly upset and Ritzer eventually changed the subject.

The utility knife Philip Chism used.
Photo: AP

A short time later, Ritzer left the classroom. Jurors were shown chilling surveillance video that showed Ritzer walking down the hallway to the bathroom. Seconds later, Chism is seen poking his head out of her classroom and looking down the hall. He then goes back into the classroom, but comes right back out with his hood on. Chism is then shown putting on a pair of gloves as he walks into the bathroom. Minutes later, he is shown emerging from the bathroom carrying the black pants Ritzer was wearing.

Chism, now 16, was tried as an adult.

A bloody box cutter, mask, gloves and a hooded sweatshirt were later found in his backpack by police who found Chism walking beside a highway in neighboring Topsfield.

02-26-2016, 12:34 PM

Philip Chism Sentenced To At Least 40 Years For Rape, Murder Of Colleen Ritzer
February 26, 2016 2:49 PM


SALEM (CBS/AP) — Teenager Philip Chism was sentenced Friday to serve at least 40 years in prison for the rape and murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013.

“The crashing waves of this tragedy will never wane,” Salem Superior Court Judge David Lowy said as he handed down a sentence of 25 years for the murder and 40 years and one day for raping and robbing Ritzer.

Those sentences will be served concurrently, in other words, at the same time, which means Chism will not be eligible parole for 40 years. Since he committed the crimes when he was 14, he will be in jail until he’s at least 54 years old.

Chism showed no emotion as the sentence was read.