At long last, Adam Lee Hall's triple murder trial to start
SPRINGFIELD -- It has been a long and twisted road to trial for Adam Lee Hall.
More than two years have passed since Hall, a member of the local Hells Angels, allegedly took part in the murder of three Pittsfield men -- one of whom was expected to testify that Hall had beaten him with a baseball bat.
Along the way, the case has seen a new defense attorney appointed for Hall after a dispute with his initial lawyer; a surprise re-indictment of Hall and his two co-defendants; and a flood of discovery material from the prosecution that has prompted a protest from defense attorneys who claim it was nearly impossible to sort through.
A single judge has been appointed to oversee the sprawling case, which has been split into three separate trials that have been moved to Hampden Superior Court in Springfield over concerns about pretrial publicity in Berkshire County. And requests to push back the date of Hall's trial -- from both the defense and prosecution -- have been denied.
That trial begins with jury selection on Monday.
It was Aug. 28, 2011, as Tropical Storm Irene was bearing down on the Berkshires, when David Glasser, his roommate Edward Frampton, and their friend and neighbor, Robert Chadwell, disappeared from Glasser's Linden Street home. The men's remains were discovered by police nearly two weeks later.
Their bodies were dismembered and disposed of in garbage bags that were discovered buried on private property in Becket, according to court documents.
Autopsies revealed they had been shot to death. Where they were actually killed remains a mystery, but investigators continue to believe Pittsfield State Forest somehow played a role. The murder weapons were never recovered.
The police investigation quickly centered on Hall, 36, of Peru, and two others, David Chalue, 46, of North Adams, and Caius Veiovis, 32, of Pittsfield. The men are facing multiple counts of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation. They have all denied the charges and remain in jail without bail.
Chalue is allegedly a member of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang and crime syndicate. Hall was the sergeant of arms for the local chapter of the Hells Angels, police have said.
A fourth defendant, David Casey, 65, of Canaan, N.Y., is facing accessory charges for allegedly using his excavator to help bury the bodies. He also has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $1 million bail.
According to police, on the night of the abduction Hall arranged to leave his car near the site where the bodies were later recovered. After dropping off that car, he was seen leaving in Veiovis' vehicle, according to a police report. He was later seen by several witnesses dumping items into the Housatonic River in Lenox, police said.
Chalue and Hall allegedly took Hall's car to a local junk dealer, where it was crushed a day after the victims disappeared. Police and prosecutors have said Glasser was killed to prevent him from testifying against Hall in an upcoming trial. The other two victims were killed to eliminate any witnesses, police said.
In 2009, Hall allegedly beat Glasser with a baseball bat. The next year, Hall tried to frame Glasser to discredit him as a witness in that case, police said. Hall was out on bail at the time the alleged murders were committed.
Police said Hall had been "desperate" to avoid prison and had met with the FBI twice in September 2010 in an attempt to become an informant against other Hells Angels. The FBI turned him down because he was "uncontrollable and much too dangerous," according to the report.
Hall, in a letter to The Eagle, denied he attempted to become an informant or that he played any part in the men's murders.
In August 2012, nearly a year after the defendants were originally indicted, Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless presented the case to the grand jury for a second time. According to two law professors interviewed by The Eagle, the move may have been done to patch any potential holes in the case. Capeless wouldn't comment.
In previous hearings in the case Capeless acknowledged there was no DNA evidence directly tying the three defendants to the murders, but said there was "significant" evidence of a kidnapping and that Hall and Chalue could be placed at the scene of the crimes. He conceded that the evidence against Veiovis is "circumstantial," but said prosecutors still have a strong case against him.
The trial for Hall, who is represented by attorney Alan J. Black, is expected to take between a month to six weeks. Chalue's trial is scheduled to begin April 17. Veiovis' trial will follow Chalue's. No trial date has been set in Casey's case.
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July 21, 2009: Adam Lee Hall purportedly lures David Glasser to his house in Peru, where he allegedly beat Glasser with a baseball bat after accusing him of stealing a car part.
July 23, 2009: The Berkshire County Drug Task Force arrests Hall on drug, gun and assault charges after interviews with Glasser and a search of Hall's home.
Sept. 30, 2009: Hall, a ranking member of the local chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, is released from the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction on $50,000 bond.
Aug. 14, 2010: Hall allegedly frames Glasser, a Pittsfield resident, for armed robbery in New York state to discredit him as a witness in an upcoming trial against Hall on drug, gun and assault charges.
September 2010: Hall requests a meeting with the FBI, during which he offers to become an informant against the Hells Angels in exchange for leniency in sentencing for his pending cases. The offer is rejected.
Nov. 29, 2010: Hall and two alleged accomplices are indicted on charges they pinned the phony robbery on Glasser.
March 15, 2011: Hall is released on $250,000 bond after the local chapter of the Hells Angels posted its clubhouse in Lee as surety, according to police.
Aug. 27-28, 2011: Glasser and two friends -- Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell -- disappear from Glasser and Frampton's Linden Street apartment in Pittsfield.
Sept. 10, 2011: Police discover the bodies of Glasser, Chadwell and Frampton buried in a trench on private property in Becket. Hall and two alleged accomplices are charged with the slayings.
Sept. 12, 2011: Hall, David Chalue and Caius Veiovis are arraigned on three counts each of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
Sept. 19, 2011: Police charge a fourth person, 65-year-old David Casey, of Canaan, N.Y., with three counts each of accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation for allegedly using his excavator to bury the bodies of Glasser, Chadwell and Frampton.
Oct. 6, 2011: Hall, Chalue and Veiovis are indicted by a grand jury on murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation charges. Casey is indicted on charges of accessory to murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.
March 20, 2012: Casey gets court appointed lawyer Thomas J. Donohue Jr., after telling the court he has run out of money to keep his privately retained attorney, Robert M. Fuster Sr.
March 27, 2012: Attorney Leonard H. Cohen, citing "irrevocable differences" between himself and Chalue, steps down and is replaced by attorney Donald W. Frank.
Aug. 10 and 16, 2012: Hall, Veiovis and Chalue are arraigned on superseding indictments after Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless presents the case to the grand jury for a second time.
Sept. 12, 2012: Attorney William A. Rota steps down citing a "total breakdown" of his working relationship with Hall after the defendant allegedly spoke with police and revealed the defense attorney's strategy. Hall tells the court he believed there had been a "breach of trust" between himself and Rota. Attorney Alan J. Black is appointed to represent Hall.
February 2013: Chief Justice of the Superior Court Barbara J. Rouse appoints Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder to oversee the sprawling case after the prosecution and defense make a request for a single judge in the hopes of moving the case forward.
May 22, 2013: Judge sets trial date of Jan. 6, 2014, in the case.
October 2013: Judge orders separate trials for the three defendants and moves Hall's case to Springfield due to pretrial publicity in Berkshire County.
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