- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - The judge overseeing the case of a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher has suggested that the defense and prosecution look to two other high-profile cases for guidance on jury questioning.

Sixteen-year-old Phil Chism faces murder and other charges in the October 2013 death of Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer. His trial is scheduled to start Oct. 7.

The Salem News (https://bit.ly/1BbC6lF ) reports that Judge David Lowy on Tuesday said he wants the prosecution and defense to prepare lists of questions they want to ask potential jurors to ensure an impartial jury.

He pointed to the cases of Edwin Alemany and Scott Hanright, and said some questions used during jury selection in those cases could be useful in Chism’s case.

The defense wants the case moved out of Essex County.

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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, https://www.salemnews.com

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