Lawyers for teen charged in slaying to appeal data ruling
Salem, Mass. — A lawyer for a Massachusetts teen charged with killing his high school math teacher is refusing to comply with a judge’s order to turn over to the prosecution raw data of psychological testing performed on the suspect.
Sixteen-year-old Philip Chism is charged with murder as an adult in the October 2013 slaying of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Chism was 14 at the time.
Prosecutors have filed a motion to compel the defense to turn over the materials to state experts so they know which tests were given and can begin their own testing. The judge had ordered that the materials be turned over.
The Salem News reports that Chism’s defense lawyer said in court Tuesday she is appealing the judge’s order.
Chism’s trial is scheduled to start Oct. 7.