Jury selection was delayed Wednesday in the Philip Chism murder trial as a psychologist tried to determine whether Chism is competent to stand trial.
A psychologist evaluated Chism on Wednesday, and said he made suicidal comments and mentioned something about a plan, but did not elaborate during an interview. The psychologist said Chism was sitting on the floor of his cell with his back to her during the interview, and was speaking to an unnamed person.
He is charged in the October 2013 rape and killing of Colleen Ritzer at Danvers High School.
The fourth day of jury selection was about to begin Tuesday when Chism’s lawyer expressed her concerns to the judge.
A court-appointed psychologist was then asked to conduct an examination, but later reported to the judge that Chism was unresponsive during her two attempts to evaluate him. The psychologist said she saw the 16-year-old on the floor banging his head.