Monday September 12, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Under heavy guard at Central Berkshire District Court on Monday, a Hells Angels member and two alleged accomplices were arraigned on murder charges in the deaths of three men whose bodies were recovered Saturday.
Adam Lee Hall, 34, of Peru, the purported sergeant at arms for the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels, appeared before Judge Rita S. Koenigs and pleaded not guilty to three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
Two other men, 44-year-old David Chalue, with addresses in North Adams and Springfield, and Caius Veiovis, 31, of Pittsfield, were also arraigned on the same charges and also pleaded not guilty.
All three are being held without bail at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
Authorities say the three men killed and then buried the bodies of David Glasser, 44, Edward S. Frampton, 58, and Robert T. Chadwell, 47, after they disappeared sometime between Aug. 27 and 28 from 254 Linden St., where Glasser and Frampton lived. Police apparently located the bodies on Saturday buried in a ditch, though authorities would not say where it was.
District Attorney David F. Capeless alleges the murders were carried out to prevent Glasser, the government's key witness, from testifying in Hall's criminal trial this month for kidnapping, extortion, assault and battery, witness intimidation and other charges. Frampton and Chadwell were killed because they happened to be with Glasser, according to Capeless.
The interactions between Hall and Glasser go back to 2009 when Hall allegedly beat him with a baseball bat. Last year, Hall tried to frame Glasser to discredit him as a witness in that case, police said.
The murders were allegedly committed while Hall was out on bail.
Hall's attorney, William A. Rota, said his client has proclaimed his innocence and is taking the murder charges "in stride."
Veiovis, also known as Roy Gutfinski, who has facial tattoos including the numbers "666" on his brow and horn implants in his forehead, smirked at onlookers in the crowded courtroom as he was being led out by court security.
He is being represented by attorney James Reardon Jr. of Worcester.
Chalue is being represented by attorney Leonard H. Cohen.
Around 20 plainclothes and uniformed police officers patrolled the courthouse grounds and aided court security inside the building Monday.
Hall, wearing white, jail-issued clothing -- indicating he was being held in a segregated unit at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction -- was brought in a separate van from the jail from his codefendants.
Hall has been behind bars after being arraigned last week on extortion and child porn charges.
Hall, Chalue and Veiovis will be back in court Oct. 12 for a hearing.