Cohen pulls out of triple homicide case

Wednesday March 28, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The attorney who was representing David Chalue, the North Adams man charged in last year's triple slaying, has stepped down from the case citing "irrevocable differences" between him and his client.

Attorney Leonard Cohen has represented Chalue since he was arraigned in Central District Court in October, along with Adam Lee Hall and Caius Veiovis, for the kidnappings and slayings of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell.

On Tuesday, Cohen didn't elaborate in court as to what led to his request, but Chalue agreed that they could not work together.

"I'm glad we're ending our relationship in agreement," said Cohen.

After the hearing, Cohen wouldn't say anything more about why he stepped down.

Because all motions and documents related to the case have been impounded at the request of Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless, Cohen's motion to step down, which might have provided details about the differences, is not available for public review.

Chalue, 44, wearing jail issued clothing and with a shaved head which revealed skull tattoos adorning the back of his head, was transported under heavy guard from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley for Tuesday's court appearance. He remains in jail without bail, as do his codefendants.

Near the end of the hearing, Chalue called Cohen over.

"I don't mean no disrespect," Chalue told Cohen.

Springfield-based attorney Donald W. Frank will now be representing Chalue. A May 9 hearing has been set in the case.

In earlier court proceedings, Cohen had asked Chalue be moved to a closer jail because of the driving distance required to meet with him in jail in Shirley. But the request was denied.

Chalue, Hall, 34, of Peru, and Veiovis, 31, of Pittsfield, are being held in separate facilities.

This is the second attorney to step down in the case.

Earlier this month, Robert M. Fuster Sr., representing David Casey, 62, of Canaan, N.Y., who is charged as an accessory in the crimes, stepped down at his client's request because Casey could no longer afford to retain him. Attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr. was appointed to represent Casey.

Casey was allegedly scared into helping bury the victims' bodies using construction equipment. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell disappeared Aug. 28 from Glasser's apartment at 254 Linden St. in Pittsfield. Their remains were discovered 12 days later buried in a trench in Becket.

Police allege that Glasser was killed to keep from testifying in an upcoming trial against Hall -- a reputed member of the local Hells Angels chapter -- and that the other two men were killed so there would be no witnesses.

Chalue, Hall, and Veiovis have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

No trial date has been set in the case.

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