Judge: Teen to be tried as adult in teacher death

Philip Chism, 15, from Danvers, Mass., and his attorney Denise Regan look toward the bench in a courtroom at his arraignment on a second rape charge in Salem Superior Court in Salem, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Chism has been accused and charged with raping and killing his Danvers High School math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, in October 2013. (AP Photo)

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has denied a request to have a Massachusetts teenager tried as a minor in the rape and murder of his math teacher.

Former Danvers High School student Philip Chism is accused of killing teacher Colleen Ritzer in October. He was 14 at the time.

Salem Superior Court Judge Howard Whitehead heard arguments Tuesday from prosecutors and defense lawyers.

Defense attorney Denise Regan said the state law requiring minors 14 and over that are charged with murder to be tried as adults is “wrong and unconstitutional” because it violates their constitutional rights.

But Essex County Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall said Chism is accused of a “heinous and brutal” murder and is “amply protected” under the current law.

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