Lawyers to use mental health defense in teacher's killing

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Posted: Jul 13, 2015 5:56 PM

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Attorneys for a Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher have disclosed in a court filing they'll use his mental health in their defense of him.

The Salem News reports (http://bit.ly/1SjFQJM) attorney Denise Regan filed notice Monday identifying New York psychiatrist Dr. Richard Dudley as her expert witness. Dudley is expected to testify about 16-year-old Philip Chism's mental state on the October 2013 day prosecutors say he raped and killed Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.

The notice doesn't say what the psychiatrist found in his evaluation.

Dudley is expected to rely in part on a statement Chism gave to police in 2013.

The notice gives prosecutors the opportunity to hire their own expert to meet with and evaluate Chism.

Chism's trial is expected to begin Oct. 7.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com