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June 5, 2014

Chism going to another lockup

Accused teacher killer allegedly choked female DYS worker

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Monday’s incident remained under investigation yesterday by state troopers assigned to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley’s office.

“The suspect is held at a secure facility. There is no rush to charge him while statements are being collected,” said Jake Wark, Conley’s spokesman.

Denise Regan, Chism’s attorney, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

On Tuesday, a state spokesman said DYS is working closely with law enforcement as well as conducting a safety and security review of the incident.

Chism is charged with attacking and robbing Ritzer in a second-floor bathroom at Danvers High on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2013, then wheeling her in a recycling bin to a nearby wooded area, where he raped her and left her partly naked under a pile of leaves and debris, according to court papers.

Police found a note next to her body that read, “I hate you all.”

He is charged with first degree murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery.

Last month, Chism’s attorney said they planned to file a motion in Salem Superior Court to suppress nearly all of the evidence in the case including; the initial stop of Chism as he walked along Route 1 an hour after the killing, statements he made to investigators, including his admission to killing Ritzer and other evidence collected in the case.

The motion to dismiss is scheduled for Oct. 15.

In early May, some 4,000 runners gathered in Ritzer’s hometown of Andover to run a 5K road race in her memory. Proceeds from the race are going to a scholarship fund in the teacher’s memory.

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