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November 21, 2013

Boy, 14, indicted in death of Danvers High teacher



Employees of a Danvers movie theater say Chism bought tickets for a late-afternoon showing of the film “Blue Jasmine” that day.

More details are expected to emerge tomorrow when the district attorney drops its objection to the release of search warrant materials, except for the names of minors who are witnesses. The materials include an affidavit that details what police knew about the crime and the reasons they sought to collect evidence at Chism’s Danversport home, as well as a list of evidence that was found.

He will face trial as an adult in the murder case; prosecutors say they expect to consolidate that with the two “youthful offender” rape and robbery indictments, which will require a hearing, and try all three charges together. An arraignment date has not been set, and Chism’s previously scheduled appearance in Salem District Court tomorrow morning was canceled at the request of his attorney earlier this week.

Chism is being held at a Department of Youth Services secure facility; his attorney has obtained funds to have him undergo a psychological evaluation by a forensic psychiatrist.

Denise Regan, Chism’s court-appointed attorney, declined to comment today.

“We are devastated and heartbroken by the details of the horrific circumstances surrounding the death of our beautiful daughter and sister, Colleen,” the Ritzer family said in a statement released this afternoon. “As a family, we continue to mourn Colleen’s passing and ask that the media respect our privacy during this very difficult time.”

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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