Adam Lee Hall trial: Testimony tells of odd behavior day of alleged murders
SPRINGFIELD -- On the morning of the alleged murders of three city men, Adam Lee Hall's ex-girlfriend said Hall showed up soaking wet and told her to go to the store and buy food to make him and his co-defendants breakfast and to pick up some bleach.
Alexandra Ely, 24, was back on the stand Friday to tell the jury in Hampden Superior Court about the days surrounding the alleged kidnapping and murder of David Glasser and his two friends on Aug. 28, 2011. She had previously testified to being involved in a scheme to discredit Glasser by trying to pin on him a fake armed robbery in upstate New York in August 2010. She said Hall, 36, of Peru, was behind that plan.
Ely said Hall showed up at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 28. 2011, at her friend Rose Dawson's house, where she had been staying, and asked for Dawson's phone and then left again. Dawson's father, Edwin Sutton, said Hall seemed "eerily calm" that morning.
Several hours later as Tropical Storm Irene swept through the county, Hall returned, soaking wet, and handed Ely a wad of money and told her to go to the store and buy eggs and other breakfast food and bleach, Ely said.
Hall cautioned her to wash her hands after handling the money, the witness testified.
He told her to drive a tan Buick he had recently bought (the car prosecutors allege was used to transport the victim's bodies) to his Peru residence after picking up the items at Price Chopper, according to Ely. She said he later either called or texted her while she was at the store to tell her not to bother getting bleach, she said.
When she and Dawson, 19, arrived in Peru, she said, Hall's co-defendants David Chalue and Caius Veiovis were there and "looked tired" and Hall appeared to be "jumpy."
Both Ely and Dawson -- who also took the stand Friday -- described the night they spent with Hall and Chalue on Aug. 29, 2011, at the Hells Angels' clubhouse in Lee.
Dawson testified Hall and Chalue were drinking Crown Royal whisky, clinking their glasses, laughing and joking.
She said Hall ran around saying "Help me! Help me!" while Chalue pointed his finger like a gun at him.
"You should have seen the look on his face," Dawson recalled Hall saying. "You should have seen him running and trying to get away."
She said Hall referred to "the retard," a name he called Glasser, during that conversation.
The same night she overheard them talking about "cutting," but she was not sure what they were referring to and heard Hall call Veiovis, "a sadistic psycho" and say he was "sick."
Ely told a similar story about Chalue and Hall joking and laughing and one of the men running around and saying "Help me!" in a scared tone of voice. She said they were joking about "butch" or "butcher" but said she didn't know what they meant.
She conceded under cross-examination by Hall's attorney, Alan J. Black, that at a previous hearing she said she didn't know what Hall and Chalue had said. She said at that hearing she was scared and nervous.
Dawson also testified to helping Hall hose out the inside of the tan Buick earlier on Aug. 29. She said the water that came out was "nasty ... a brownish color."
Dawson said she believed brake fluid might have spilled in the back.
Springfield Police Detective Hector Santiago, who testified Friday, said he was "gathering intel" on a Hells Angels' party in Springfield on the evening of Aug. 27, 2011, and photographed Hall, Chalue and Veiovis, leaving the party and getting into that same Buick.
Dawson also testified that a week before Tropical Storm Irene she saw a man she didn't know give Hall a black handgun at the Hells Angels' clubhouse. Hall told her the trigger was broken, she said.
In a conversation she had with Hall, he told her "after he was done with the gun he ... was going to take it apart and bury it," said Dawson. It was unclear by her testimony if she was referring to this gun.
Under cross-examination by Hall's attorney, Dawson conceded that a previous breaking and entering charge she was facing was continued without a finding for six months and dismissed, and that the dismissal was possibly due to her cooperation with police in the Hall case.
"I guess that happened," she said in response to Black's question.
He also questioned her on her prior drug use.
Dawson was taken to a drug rehab center by members of the state police involved in the Hall investigation this past November at the behest of her mother. Dawson admitted to using heroin and cocaine in the past.
Dawson told the jury she had never used heroin before Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. She described the last 2 1/2 years as "really hard."
The trial resumes Tuesday.
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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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