Chalue asks for his lawyer to be dismissed from case


SPRINGFIELD -- A judge has rejected a bid by accused murderer David Chalue to dismiss his attorney in the case.

Chalue, one of three men accused of in the 2011 slayings of three Pittsfield men, asked Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Friday to remove attorney Donald W. Frank from his case -- three months before trial.

"We're constantly bumping heads," Chalue said. "It wouldn't support me in getting a fair trial."

Frank said that if Chalue feels his service would impede him getting a fair trial, he would support his motion.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said they already have a trial date -- April 17 -- the case is 21 2 years old, and Frank, who is Chalue's second lawyer, has been on the case for "some time."

Chalue was originally represented by attorney Leonard H. Cohen, who stepped down citing "irreconcilable differences."

In denying Chalue's request, the judge said Frank is a competent attorney who has worked on the case for nearly two years. He said Frank lined up numerous experts, vigorously pursued discovery and aggressively litigated motions.

In another motion that was granted by the judge, Frank will be able to look at the psychiatric records of a jailhouse informant who is scheduled to take the stand against Chalue.


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