SPRINGFIELD -- David Chalue and Adam Lee Hall pulled out several guns from a bag of dog food and handled them the same weekend they allegedly shot three city men to death.
Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless began digging into the heart of the triple murder case against Chalue on Tuesday with testimony from several witnesses who said they had seen Hall, Chalue and a third defendant, Caius Veiovis, the weekend in late August 2011 when Tropical Storm Irene hit the Berkshires. It was the same weekend when David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell went missing.
Allyson Scace, 24, who met Hall that summer, said she and her friend, Kayla Sewell, also 24, were with Chalue and Veiovis at Veiovis' Pittsfield apartment on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, when Hall came in with a large bag of dog food. He and Chalue pulled out "three or four" pistols from the bag and began to discuss them and take them apart, she testified.
"It was guy talk," she said during testimony in Hampden Superior Court. "They were checking them out."
Hall sat down and began to clean one of the weapons, she told the jury.
According to Steven Hinman, Hall had picked the guns up earlier that night at his house in Lenox where Hall had been storing them.
The guns used in the killing of the three men were never recovered.
Earlier that same day, the three defendants were seen together at a Hells Angels-sponsored party in Springfield. They were seen getting into a tan or gold Buick Century at one point. This is the same car in which the victims' remains were transported to the burial site in Becket, according to the Capeless.
Under cross-examination by Frank, Springfield Police Detective Hector Santiago said Chalue didn't arrive at the party with the other two men.
The trial continues this afternoon.