Yesterday the judge denied the request of attorneys to move the trial to a different venue.
Chism is accused of killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer.
The black-on-white murder received scant national coverage.
Earlier this year a judge would not allow Chism's confession to police to be used in the trial. A bloody box cutter and other evidence were allowed admission.
Ritzer was raped and murdered on school ground in October, 2013 in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Authorities say surveillance video from Oct. 22, 2013, shows Chism following Ritzer into a school bathroom, wearing gloves and a hood, then later walking out of the bathroom alone.
A short time later, the video shows Chism pulling a recycling barrel through the school and outside. Ritzer's body was later found in nearby woods, naked from the waist down and with her throat slit and a note that read, "I hate you all."
Authorities said she was sexually assaulted with a stick. A bloody recycling bin was found nearby. Chism, who had recently moved to Massachusetts from Clarksville,
Tennessee, was found that night by Topsfield police walking along a nearby highway.***
Prosecutors allege that after the killing, Chism used Ritzer's credit card to buy fast food and attend a movie at the mall. [source]
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A judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a Danvers teen who is accused of killing and raping his high school math teacher when he was just 14.
Philip Chism’s defense team was dealt a blow yesterday when Judge David Lowry of Essex Superior Court in Salem denied a request for a change of venue. Chism is scheduled to appear in Essex Superior Court on Oct. 7 for the start of the trial.
Chism has pleaded not guilty to killing Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in October 2013.
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