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Police: Box cutter used in murder of Massachusetts teacher


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Police: Box cutter used in murder of Massachusetts teacher

By Megan Telles. CREATED Oct 24, 2013

Near Boston, MA (KTNV) -- New information has been released out of Massachusetts on the murder of a high school math teacher.

Investigators said the 14-year-old student in custody has now admitted he cut the woman's throat with a box cutter.

24-year-old Colleen Ritzer was stabbed to death on Tuesday afternoon in the facility bathroom of Danvers High School near Boston.

Investigators said 14-year-old Philip Chism was behind the deadly attack. The freshman reportedly used a box cutter to commit the crime.

Surveillance video also shows him using what appears to be a recycling bin to move Ritzer's body to the woods nearby.

Sources said the boy then went to a Woody Allen movie, skipped soccer practice and was reported missing.

But after police discovered Ritzer's body late that night, they found Chism walking on the side of a busy road and took him into custody.

The 14-year-old is being charged as an adult, and is pleading not guilty.

Chism is being held without bail.

Police are not commenting on a possible motive.

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.