Judge to rule on bid to toss out teens murder confession

The 16-year-old has pleaded not guilty

Philip Chism (right) was convicted of killing 24 year-old Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer (left)

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has heard the beginning of final arguments as defense lawyers seek to have the police confession of a teen accused of killing his teacher thrown out before trial.

Lawyers for Philip Chism say police coerced a confession from the former Danvers High School student after he invoked his right to remain silent. The now 16-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering and raping 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer on school grounds in October 2013.

Tuesday’s hearing in Essex County Superior Court followed three days of testimony and arguments that have taken place over several weeks.

Both sides must now submit legal briefs to the judge ahead of a Feb. 24 hearing where they’ll wrap up their arguments.

Judge David Lowy is expected to rule on the defense request after that.

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