PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire District Attorney's Office on Monday turned over 141 computer discs of video and audio files to the lawyers representing three men accused in last August's triple slaying.
The defense lawyers told a Berkshire Superior Court judge that it's going to take time to sift through this batch of material and prepare their cases. As a result, Judge Daniel Ford scrapped a March 27 pretrial hearing, and instead set a new date to determine where the discovery process stood in the cases against Adam Lee Hall, David Chalue and Caius Veiovis.
Meanwhile, the lawyers for Hall, 35, and Chalue, 45, cited the travel time needed to meet with them. Hall is being held in Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow, and Chalue is at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, about 2 1/2 hours from Pittsfield. Veiovis, 31, is being held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction. Only their lawyers attended Monday's hearing in Pittsfield.
Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless told the judge in court that having all three in one facility is a "security issue." He didn't elaborate.
The investigation remains ongoing into the slayings of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell. On Monday, Capeless also filed a court request to obtain DNA samples from Hall, Chalue and Veiovis.
Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell disappeared on Aug.
Authorities say Glasser was killed to keep him from testifying in an upcoming trial against Hall who was at the time a member of the local Hells Angels chapter. Frampton and Chadwell were visiting Glasser when they were abducted, police have said.
Hall, Chalue and Veiovis have pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation. All three are being held without bail.
A fourth man, David Casey, 62, of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory. Casey was allegedly intimidated into helping bury the bodies, and is being held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.
Citing the active investigation, the volume of evidentiary material at hand and to come, and the fact that some of the defendants are being held in other jails, the defense lawyers asked Judge Ford to hold off on the current trial schedule.
James Reardon, representing Veiovis, told Ford on Monday that the lawyers "had no real idea of where we are going" until they receive all the discovery material from the prosecution.
Hall's lawyer, William A. Rota, said that it would be hard to go forward until the DA's office finished its investigation, a point reiterated by Chalue's lawyer, Leonard H. Cohen.
"There's no way of knowing where this case is going or when until we get all the discovery," Cohen told The Eagle. "It's a long road to travel."
The process of discovery involves prosecutors sharing with the defense all its information that could be presented at trial.
Cohen also asked the judge if arrangements could be made to bring Chalue to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction in order to speed up the process of going through the discovery material with his client. Ford told both sides to discuss that with Berkshire Sheriff Thomas N. Bowler.
At the defendants' Superior Court arraignments in September, a pretrial hearing was scheduled for March 27.
On Monday, the judge set aside that hearing and the rest of the scheduled dates. Instead, he scheduled a single date, March 7, to determine where both the prosecution and defense stood. Future court dates may be decided then, after which a trial date could be set.