Jury sees video of Chism following teacher in school
SALEM, Mass. (WCVB) -- Jurors in the trial of a Danvers teenager accused of killing his high school math teacher were shown video of the defendant following the teacher in school just before her death.
Video from surveillance cameras in the school shows Philip Chism following teacher Colleen Ritzer in the hallway.
The video also shows the teen follow Ritzer into a bathroom, where prosecutors have said she was killed. Chism, who is wearing a hooded sweatshirt, is seen leaving moments after another student walked into the bathroom.
The jury also saw the recycling bin that prosecutors say Chism used to move Ritzer's body to the woods outside Danvers High School.
Earlier, Judge David Lowy spoke to Chism about whether he wanted to be in the courtroom during the proceedings after the teen refused to return to court Tuesday. Chism was given an option to watch the trial from another room in the courthouse, however chose to be present for the trial.
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Chism, who had moved to Massachusetts from Clarksville, Tennessee, shortly before starting high school, has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the October 2013 slaying of 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer. Chism was 14 at the time.
Regan said in court Monday that Chism killed Ritzer but isn't criminally responsible because he is mentally ill.