CRIME

Lawyer for Massachusetts teen charged with killing his teacher ask judge to move trial

  • FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Philip Chism appears in Salem Superior Court for a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, have asked a judge on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP,  Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, Philip Chism appears in Salem Superior Court for a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, have asked a judge on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Philip Chism is led into Salem Superior Court for a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, asked a judge on Tuesday to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP,  Pool)

    In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Philip Chism is led into Salem Superior Court for a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, asked a judge on Tuesday to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Philip Chism is handcuffed before being led out of Salem Superior Court after a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, asked a judge on Tuesday to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP,  Pool)

    In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Philip Chism is handcuffed before being led out of Salem Superior Court after a hearing in Salem, Mass. Lawyers for Chism, a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher, asked a judge on Tuesday to move his trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received. (Ken Yuszkus/The Eagle Tribune via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for a Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his high school math teacher have asked a judge to move their client's trial out of eastern Massachusetts, saying it will be difficult to pick an impartial jury given the large amount of publicity the case has received.

A lawyer for 16-year-old Philip Chism said in court Tuesday that media coverage of the case has been "pervasive," ''sensational" and "inflammatory." The defense suggests moving the trial to western Massachusetts. Chism attended the hearing but did not speak.

He has pleaded not guilty to killing Danvers High teacher Colleen Ritzer in October 2013, when he was 14. His trial is scheduled to start in October.

Prosecutors oppose moving the trial.

The judge did not immediately rule but indicated he may rule later this week.