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.