Teen accused of raping, murdering teacher to appear in court Wednesday

Philip Chism, 14, will be arraigned on charges of the rape, murder, and robbery of Colleez Ritzer Wednesday. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/ Metro
Philip Chism, 14, will be arraigned Wednesday in the rape, murder and robbery of Colleen Ritzer. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/ Metro

Philip Chism will be arraigned in Salem Superior Court on Wednesday on charges of robbery, rape and murder in the death of beloved Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer, the Associated Press reported.

Chism, 14, allegedly killed Ritzer, 24, of Andover last month and dumped her body in the woods near Danvers High School. A note reading “I hate you all” was left with her body, Metro previously reported.

Chism pleaded not guilty at his earlier arraignment. He will be tried as an adult because of the murder indictment.

“The indictments returned today detail horrific and unspeakable acts,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement on Nov. 24.  ”Since the moment Ms. Ritzer’s body was discovered, a dedicated and professional team of state police detectives assigned to my office, Danvers Police officers, crime scene forensic experts and assistant district attorneys have worked tirelessly to compile and present the evidence to the Grand Jury.

“This is the first step in a long process to secure justice for Ms. Ritzer and her family.”

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