Daily Journal masthead

Lawyers for Massachusetts teen charged with killing teacher to call on psychiatrist to testify


SALEM, Massachusetts — Attorneys for a Massachusetts teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher have disclosed in a court filing they'll use his mental health in their defense of him.

The Salem News reports (http://bit.ly/1SjFQJM) attorney Denise Regan filed notice Monday identifying New York psychiatrist Dr. Richard Dudley as her expert witness. Dudley is expected to testify about 16-year-old Philip Chism's mental state on the October 2013 day prosecutors say he raped and killed Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.

The notice doesn't say what the psychiatrist found in his evaluation.

Dudley is expected to rely in part on a statement Chism gave to police in 2013.

The notice gives prosecutors the opportunity to hire their own expert to meet with and evaluate Chism.

Chism's trial is expected to begin Oct. 7.

Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)





Follow Daily Journal:

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.