In this Eagle file photo from Oct. 6, 2011, Adam Lee Hall enters Berkshire Superior Court for arraignment by a grand jury on charges of murder, kidnapping
In this Eagle file photo from Oct. 6, 2011, Adam Lee Hall enters Berkshire Superior Court for arraignment by a grand jury on charges of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation. Jury selection in his trial began Monday. (Eagle file photo by Ben Garver / Berkshire Eagle Staff)

This story has been updated to reflect the number of people in the jury pool.

SPRINGFIELD -- Jury selection began Monday in the triple slaying trial of Adam Lee Hall who is accused of kidnapping and killing three city men in August 2011.

By the afternoon, eight jurors had been selected.

Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder is requiring 16 jurors, which includes four alternates, to hear the case that is expected to last four to six weeks.

Hall, with a new haircut and neatly trimmed beard, actively conferred with his attorney, Alan J. Black, during the jury selection process.

It was slow going Monday as many potential jurors were dismissed based on financial hardships associated with the length of trial.

Others were excused when they said they would not be able to overlook Hall's association with the Hells Angels or the fact that the alleged victims were dismembered.

Several people said that if Hall didn't take the stand in his own defense, as is his fundamental right to do, they would hold it against him. The judge dismissed them outright.

Jury selection continues this afternoon, but with less than 40 potential jurors left, they may not empanel a full jury today.

Because of several reasons, including the death of a family member of the judge, the evidentiary portion of the trial won't start until next Monday.

The trial was moved to Hampden Superior Court in Springfield because of pretrial publicity in the Berkshires.


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