Jury will soon get case of teen accused of killing teacher

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SALEM, MASS. >> A jury will soon be deciding the case of Philip Chism, the Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his high school math teacher.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to make their closing arguments on Monday.

Chism was 14 when Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer was killed on school grounds in 2013. Now 16, he's being tried as an adult.

Chism's lawyers do not contest that he killed Ritzer, but say he was severely mentally ill and was in the midst of a psychotic episode the day she was killed.

Prosecutors say the teenager strangled Ritzer, stabbed her with a box cutter and then used a large trash bin to haul her body into the nearby woods.


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