Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 6, 2014

Sentencing debate could delay Chism trial

New charge added in case


And it could also explain why Chism attempted to destroy the phone by smashing it. Chism told investigators on the night of his arrest that he’d smashed the phone in order to disable its GPS and the ability of investigators to track him — something investigators note could have been more easily done by simply shutting it off, or discarding the battery.

“... Chism’s explanation for attempting to destroy his phone, along with the other minimizations and denials in his interview, seems doubtful,” trooper Steven Buccheri wrote. “Given the other information ... particularly the evidence of significant planning in this case and sexual offenders’ proclivity to memorialize their crimes, it is likely that he destroyed the phone in order to hide incriminating evidence contained on it, including, but not limited to evidence of his planning, motive and any memorialization of his crime.”

Chism denied sexually assaulting Ritzer when questioned after his arrest, and claimed to have stabbed her just twice allegedly in a second-floor bathroom of Danvers High School.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for April 7.

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