News Media Seek Access to Documents in MA Teacher Killing Case


News organizations asked a Massachusetts judge yesterday to lift an order barring public viewing of documents in the case of a 14-year-old boy charged with killing his math teacher, the Associated Press reports. Lawyers for the AP, The Boston Globe and other news outlets argued that a search warrant affidavit and related documents should be made public in the case of Philip Chism, who has been charged with the Oct. 22 murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, a math teacher at Danvers High School. Chism, who had recently moved from Tennessee to Massachusetts, was a student of Ritzer.

Students overheard Ritzer ask Chism to stay after class the day she was killed. Blood was found in a school bathroom and Ritzer’s body was later discovered in woods behind the school. Authorities have offered no clues on any possible motive. Mike Grygiel, attorney for the Associated Press, GateHouse Media Inc., and Community Newspaper Holdings, said prosecutors have not shown the necessary “good cause” to keep the documents sealed from public view.

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