Wednesday October 12, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Less than a week after they were indicted by a grand jury, Adam Lee Hall and Caius Veiovis were in a higher court on Tuesday to answer charges they murdered three men in August.
In separate arraignments in Berkshire Superior Court, Hall, 34, and Veiovis, 31, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
For their appearances in Superior Court, Hall and Veiovis on Tuesday were wearing white jail uniforms, indicating they're still being held in a segregated unit while behind bars. They continue to be held without bail at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.
This week, a third man, David Chalue, 44, of North Adams and Springfield, is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court on the same charges as Hall and Veiovis. Hall, Veiovis and Chalue are accused of kidnapping and murdering David Glasser so he couldn't testify against Hall, who was set to go to trial in September.
On Tuesday, Hall's attorney, William A. Rota, argued to get the state's evidence in the case. Rota said the Berkshire District Attorney's Office hadn't shared any since Hall's arrest outside of a probable cause report, which mentions "at least 15 warrants" against Hall. The warrants are impounded and are therefore inaccessible, Rota argued. Without evidence, Rota said he couldn't ably represent Hall and asked the judge for a hearing on the matter.
Judge John A. Agostini said no, telling Rota it didn't make sense to give evidence in a piecemeal fashion. A December date has been set for prosecutors to present what evidence they have against Hall.
"The longer the District Attorney's Office takes, the further behind the eight ball I am," the attorney told the court, adding that he believed there were "thousands" of pages of paperwork he would have to go through.
Since his initial arraignment in district court last month, Hall on Tuesday was in court with a fuller chin beard and mustache, while Veiovis -- still recognizable by his forehead horn implants, facial tattoos and long hair -- was clean shaven.
Agostini set pretrial hearings for March 28, 2012, for both men.
Glasser's roommate, Edward Frampton, and their friend, Robert Chadwell, were also killed. Prosecutors have said Frampton and Chadwell were with Glasser when the three defendants allegedly came to take him away.
All three were allegedly abducted Aug. 28 from 254 Linden St., where Glasser and Frampton lived.
The men's bodies were discovered two weeks later buried in a ditch in Becket.
A fourth man, David Casey, 62, of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory and also is expected to be in Superior Court this week. Casey was intimidated in helping Hall bury the victim's bodies, according to police. Hall was indicted on a fourth count of witness intimidation related to this; he pleaded not guilty.
On Oct. 6, a grand jury handed down indictments. Typically, felony charges involving the prospect of prison time are elevated from the District Court level to Superior Court if a grand jury agrees there's enough evidence.