Adam Lee Hall trial: Rape plot focus of Day 4 testimony
SPRINGFIELD -- Two witnesses on Thursday testified that Adam Lee Hall allegedly approached them in 2009 to try and elicit their help to pin a phony rape on David Glasser.
Justina Coe, 26, told the jury in Hampden Superior Court that in the winter of 2009 while she was driving around with Hall, 36, of Peru, he asked her to have oral sex with Glasser, put Glasser's ejaculate on her underwear and then accuse Glasser of rape.
"I said I wouldn't do it," Coe said.
Timothy Rondeau also alleged he was approached by Hall while both men were being held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in August 2009. Rondeau testified that Hall asked him to get his female friend to take Glasser to New York, have sex with him and accuse him or rape. Rondeau says he passed on the information to the woman, but she never went through with the request "to my knowledge."
According to prosecutors, these were just some of the attempts by Hall to discredit Glasser as a witness in a July 2009 assault case in which Hall allegedly beat Glasser with a baseball bat and forced him to sign over his truck to Hall.
Coe testified that shortly after Hall allegedly assaulted Glasser, Hall bragged about how he bragged about it and said that he was a "nice guy" since he gave Glasser a sandwich and a ride to the emergency room afterward.
The next year Hall allegedly tried to get one of his then girlfriends, Nicole Brooks, to lure Glasser to Vermont and then call police to say she had been kidnapped by him. She wouldn't go along with the plan but she did help out in a fake armed robbery and attempted kidnapping in August 2010 in upstate New York, according to her testimony.
On Thursday, New York State Police senior investigator Drew McDonald told the jury that he was unable to retrieve any fingerprints from a .22 handgun that Hall allegedly used as part of that scheme.
The forensic investigator said he was also unable to match a projectile dug out of a tree to the handgun. But Hall's three co-defendants in that case have all taken the stand to say Hall was behind the scheme and had fired that gun into a tree to support Nicole Brooks' report to New York State Police that she had been robbed of $800 by Glasser and that he attempted to abduct her and shot at her.
Massachusetts State Police Lt. Brian Foley said that based on cellphone records obtained for Hall, Brooks, and the other defendants, Alexandra Ely and Scott Langdon, there were "numerous" calls and texts back and forth from their phones on Aug. 14, 2010, just before and after Brooks contacted the police to report the robbery.
Langdon has testified that he convinced Glasser to give him a ride to Wells, N.Y., and hid a gun and Brooks' purse in Glasser's truck. He said he didn't know what was in the bag he had planted on Glasser, who was arrested in Pittsfield later the same day.
Pittsfield Police Officer Gary Herland, who was involved in that traffic stop, said Glasser had been "cooperative and seemed confused why he was being pulled over."
Police witnesses said they were able to piece together that Glasser hadn't been involved in any robbery in New York and that Hall was behind the scheme.
Thursday also saw the beginning of the prosecution's case into the alleged murders of Glasser and his two friends in August 2011.
First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello played video from Home Depot taken on Aug. 24, 2011, just days before Glasser and the other men disappeared from a Linden Street apartment. The video showed one of Hall's co-defendants, Caius Veiovis, and another man shopping in Home Depot in Pittsfield.
Hall's attorney, Alan J. Black, while cross-examining Michael Carriveau, who handles asset protection for Home Depot and provided the video to police, asked whether Carriveau was testifying about "two people walking up and down the aisles in the tool area and only purchasing a wrench set?" Carriveau answered, "yes."
William Gregory, a Home Depot employee, told the jury about seeing Veiovis and another man in the store that day.
"It was something I had never seen before," he said of Veiovis' facial tattoos and horn implants. "It was out of the ordinary."
He said the men asked him whether they sold saws and after he pointed out where they were the men went over to the section. He said after viewing the video it appeared the men handled the hatchets.
Gregory said the men approached him again and asked if they carried any other saws and he told them where the chainsaws were, but he was not sure whether they went over there.
Under cross examination Gregory conceded that the men initially stopped at a section where screwdrivers are located before briefly going to the saw section.
Black asked Gregory if he was suspicious of Veiovis because of how he looked.
Gregory denied this, saying that at Home Depot they're taught to give everyone good customer service.
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Adam Lee Hall, 36, of Peru, is facing 22 charges, including multiple counts of murder and kidnapping from three separate incidents from 2009 through 2011. He allegedly beat David Glasser with a baseball bat in July 2009 in retaliation for a suspected theft and then tried to discredit Glasser as a witness by framing him for a fake armed robbery in New York state.
In August 2011, weeks before he was to testify against Hall, Glasser and his roommate, Edward Frampton, and their friend Robert Chadwell, all of Pittsfield, disappeared. Their dismembered bodies were found in Becket nearly two weeks later.
Prosecutors say Hall and two others kidnapped and murdered Glasser to prevent him from testifying. The other two were killed to eliminate any witnesses, prosecutors say.
Hall and his co-defendants, David Chalue, 46, of North Adams, and Caius Veiovis, 32, of Pittsfield, have strenuously denied the allegations and remain in jail without bail.
The trials were separated from each other, with Hall's case the first to be tried. Proceedings were moved to Hampden Superior Court in Springfield because of pretrial publicity in the Berkshires.
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