Friday October 7, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- Grand jury indictments were handed down Thursday against a local Hells Angel and three others in the August slayings of three Pittsfield men, allowing the case to be tried at the superior court level.

Adam Lee Hall, 34, of Peru; Caius Veiovis, 31, of Pittsfield; and David Chalue, 44, of North Adams and Springfield were indicted on three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.

A fourth defendant, David Casey, 62, of Canaan, N.Y., has been indicted on three counts each of accessory to murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation for allegedly helping Hall bury the victim's bodies with an excavator on private property in Becket.

The defendants were originally arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court in September, but because the district court only handles misdemeanors or felony cases carrying less than five years imprisonment, the case had to go before the Berkshire grand jury.

The grand jury met in a secret proceeding this week, heard the testimony of several witnesses, and handed down the indictments Thursday.

The indictments allow the Berkshire District Attorney's Office to bring the case to the Berkshire Superior Court.

The men allegedly kidnapped and then killed David Glasser, Edward Frampton -- Glasser's roommate -- and their friend and neighbor, Robert Chadwell, in order to keep Glasser from testifying against Hall, a member of the Berkshire County chapter of the Hells Angels, in an assault and kidnapping trial that had been set to begin Sept. 19.

All three victims were allegedly abducted Aug. 28 from 254 Linden St., in Pittsfield where Glasser and Frampton lived.

Frampton and Chadwell were killed because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time, according to police.

All four defendants pleaded not guilty at their earlier arraignments.

Casey allegedly told police he had been intimidated by Hall into helping the biker bury the bodies.

The DA's office would not say when the men will be arraigned in the higher court.

The Berkshire Detective Unit assigned to the DA and the Pittsfield Police Department are leading the police investigation and are being assisted by the FBI, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office and members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force. Multiple homes across the county were searched during the investigation that remains ongoing.