Trial continues for teen in killing case

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — Court proceedings in the case of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his math teacher are set to continue.

Sixteen-year-old Philip Chism is charged in the October 2013 rape and killing of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. He was 14 at the time but is being tried as an adult. He pleaded not guilty.

His trial was delayed after a judge ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation. Chism had refused to enter the courtroom, banged his head against a floor and told a psychologist he hears voices and hopes someone will shoot him.

His mental evaluation is complete and is expected to be unsealed at a Wednesday hearing. It will determine if he’s competent to stand trial.

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