Thursday May 10, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Investigators are still gathering evidence in the case against three men accused of a triple murder last August, District Attorney David F. Capeless told a Superior Court judge on Wednesday.

As a result, attorneys on both sides have agreed to meet June 27 to settle on court dates for the case as it heads toward trial.

Capeless told Judge Daniel A. Ford his office is continuing to gather evidence. Ultimately, all of that evidence will be shared with the attorneys for Adam Lee Hall, 35, of Peru; David Chalue, 45, of North Adams; and Caius Veiovis, 31, of Pittsfield.

The three men are accused of kidnapping and killing David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell last August.

Hall, Chalue and Veiovis are being held without bail. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation

The investigation has been ongoing since Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell disappeared on Aug. 28. Their remains were discovered 12 days later, buried in a trench in Becket.

Police say Glasser was killed to keep from testifying in an upcoming trial against Hall, a reputed member of the local Hells Angels chapter. Glasser’s friends were killed so there would be no witnesses, police say.

David Casey, 63, of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory for helping bury the men’s bodies. Casey is being held on $1 million bail.


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At the men’s arraignments in Superior Court in October, a pretrial hearing had been scheduled for March. In January that date was scrapped and replaced with a status date -- a hearing to determine the state of the case -- followed by another status date in May.

Both Chalue and Casey have received new attorneys since being indicted, which has also slowed down the process.

On Wednesday, Chalue’s new attorney, Donald W. Frank, who is based in Springfield, asked the court to allow his client to be present for the next hearing, saying that Chalue would like to appear for all court proceedings. Ford denied the request, but said Chalue would be brought to court for his pretrial hearing, when it is scheduled. Chalue is being held at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Cent er in Shirley.

Hall is being held in Hampden County Correc tional Center in Ludlow, and Veiovis is being held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

Capeless has cited "security issues" as reasons to hold the defendants in separate jails.