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Murder suspect loses bid to be tried as minor

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A 15-year-old Massachusetts boy, charged with rape and murder, will be tried as an adult. (Source: POOL/CNN) A 15-year-old Massachusetts boy, charged with rape and murder, will be tried as an adult. (Source: POOL/CNN)

SALEM, MA (POOL/CNN) – A Massachusetts teenager charged with the rape and murder of his math teacher will be tried as an adult.

Fifteen-year-old Philip Chism appeared in a Salem, MA courtroom on Tuesday. His attorney asked the judge to consider trying Chism as a minor.

Chism was 14 years old when he allegedly raped and killed Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in 2013.

Judge Howard Whitehead dismissed the motion, and Chism will be tried as an adult unless the decision is appealed.

Massachusetts's “Youthful Offender” law requires minors charged with murder who are at least 14 years old to be tried as adults.

Chism is also facing attempted murder charges against a Department of Youth Services worker. The alleged attack occurred earlier this year when Chism was in custody.

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