UPDATE:  10/24/2015

Defense lawyers for the Danvers, Massachusetts teen accused of raping and murdering his math teacher have said they plan to ask the judge to dismiss the charges. Philip Chism, now 16, is accused as an adult of robbing, raping, and murdering his 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer at the school and leaving her body in the woods.  The motion to dismiss will be heard at an August 16th hearing and the motion to suppress will be heard at an October 15th hearing.  Chism’s attorneys, Denise Regan and Susan Oker, also told Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead that they plan to file a motion to suppress all evidence, including the initial police stop as Chism was walking along U.S. Route 1 and statements he made to investigators.  The reasoning behind their motion has not yet been disclosed.


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