Mental health of teen in teacher killing case to be unsealed

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2015 9:11 AM

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — The mental health evaluation of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his math teacher is expected to be unsealed.

Court proceedings in the case of 16-year-old Philip Chism are set to continue Wednesday.

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.

The evaluation will determine if he's competent to stand trial.