The 14-year-old accused of raping and murdering his high school teacher pleaded not guilty in a Massachusetts court Wednesday.
Philip D. Chism was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and as a youthful offender with armed robbery and aggravated rape in connection with the murder of popular Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer on Oct. 22.
Chism, shackled at the ankles at his arraignment Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to murder. A separate not guilty plea was entered on his behalf to the charges of rape and armed robbery. Members of Chism’s and Ritzer’s families were present at the arraignment but did not speak with reporters, the Boston Globe reports.
Ritzer’s body was found murdered in the woods near the school Oct. 23 near a note reading, “I hate you all.”
The Superior Court judge ordered Chism held without bail, and pre-trial hearings are scheduled for Jan. 30.