New charge for teen murder accused

Last updated 14:40 25/01/2014
Colleen Ritzer murder scene
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GRIM SEARCH: Investigators gather evidence in the woods behind the high school where Colleen Ritzer's body was found.

Chism
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IN COURT: Philip Chism, 14, stands during his court appearance for the death of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.

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A 15-year-old boy accused of raping and killing his math teacher last year has been charged with a second count of aggravated rape.

A grand jury indicted Philip Chism on a charge alleging that he forcibly had sexual intercourse with school teacher Colleen Ritzer.

Chism, who was 14 when Ritzer was killed in October, was already charged with aggravated rape for allegedly sexually assaulting her with a stick. The 24-year-old teacher's body was found in woods near the school with her throat slit and a note that read, "I hate you all".

Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the prosecution, said Chism may be arraigned on the new charge next week at a previously scheduled pretrial hearing.

Chism's lawyer, Denise Regan, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Monahan would not comment on the additional evidence presented to the grand jury, which was recalled Friday morning.

"We had to wait until we had the evidence to present to the grand jury in order to do so," she said.

Chism had moved to Massachusetts from Tennessee before the beginning of the school year. Students told police that Chism stayed after school to receive extra help the day Ritzer was killed.

Search warrant documents describe surveillance video that authorities said show Chism following Ritzer into a school bathroom, wearing gloves and a hood.

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