Adam Lee Hall in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday Sept. 12.
Adam Lee Hall in Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday Sept. 12. (Ben Garver, Berkshire Eagle Staff)
Thursday October 11, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Adam Lee Hall, the reputed Hells Angel accused of triple murder and other crimes has a new attorney, and like two of his codefendants, his lawyer is from outside Berkshire County.

Attorney Alan J. Black from Northampton will be representing Hall, 35, for the alleged August 2011 slaying of three Pittsfield men.

Hall's change in lawyers came after attorney William A. Rota withdrew from the case in the face of revelations that Hall had secretly been meeting with the state police at his own request. Hall was apparently trying to exonerate himself and in so doing revealed Rota's defense strategy to law enforcement officials, according to court documents.

Judge John A. Agostini allowed Rota to step down, citing the defendant's "unusual behavior," which caused Rota "considerable frustration" and prevented the lawyer from being able to "convey certain basic concepts" to Hall.

Additionally, Hall had told the court he believed there had been a "breach of trust" between Rota and himself.

Rota was the fourth attorney to pull out of the case and with his departure, none of the attorneys representing the three men accused of the murders are from Berkshire County.

Springfield-based attorney Donald W. Frank represents David Chalue, 45, of North Adams. Caius Veiovis, 32, of Pittsfield, is represented by attorney James Gavin Reardon Jr.,who is based in Worcester.

It was unclear whether Black would be representing Hall on a number of other open cases he is facing. The other case files hadn't been updated Wednesday and a call to Black was not immediately returned.

In a court appearance last month Hall asked the judge for two attorneys because of the number of charges he is facing.

Besides Hall's latest charges -- three counts each of murder and kidnapping and four counts of witness intimidation -- Hall has five other open cases that go back to 2009 and include gun, drug, child pornography, and kidnapping charges.

Two of the previous cases involved Glasser and allegedly led to his eventual murder.

In 2009, Hall beat Glasser with a baseball bat because he believed he had stolen from him, according to police. The next year, Hall allegedly tried to frame Glasser for a robbery in New York in an attempt to discredit him as a witness.

Glasser, along with his roommate Edward Framp ton and their friend Robert Chadwell, disappeared a few weeks before Hall's cases on these charges were scheduled to go to trial.

Police say Hall, Chal ue and Veiovis kidnapped and killed the three victims to keep Glasser from testifying and that the other men were killed to prevent there being witnesses.

The men's dismembered bodies were later found buried in a trench on private property in Becket.

A fourth defendant, 64-year-old David Cas ey of Canaan, N.Y., has been charged as an accessory to the crimes for allegedly helping to bury the victim's bodies.

All the defendants remain in jail and all have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

A trial date has not been scheduled, but the next hearing in the case is Oct. 16.

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