After 3 days, jury still deliberating in David Chalue triple murder trial
SPRINGFIELD -- After more than two full days of deliberating, the jury in the David Chalue murder trial has not returned any verdicts.
The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating the nine charges -- three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation -- on Monday afternoon and quit for the day after about two hours. Jurors deliberated for close to seven hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Somewhat unusually, there have been very few questions from the jury. No notes of consequence were sent to the judge Wednesday and only one was sent Tuesday. That note requested documents that were not in evidence and Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder denied the request.
Chalue's family has continued to be present throughout the proceedings. The defendant has seemed to be in good spirits.
Chalue is alleged to have helped Adam Lee Hall and Caius Veiovis kidnap, torture and kill David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell in late August 2011.
The jury in Hall's trial spent about 17 hours over four days before returning guilty verdicts on 15 of 19 charges. Besides the nine counts similar to those Chalue is facing, Hall had a multitude of charges stemming from two other cases from 2009 and 2010 that also involved Glasser as the victim. Hall is currently serving three consecutive life sentences plus 42 years.
TALK TO US
If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.