Families of victims express relief at Hall verdict
SPRINGFIELD -- After the verdicts were read, there was elation among family members and friends of Adam Lee Hall's victims.
They hugged each other and the members of the state police who have worked on the case for more than two years.
"I was just at a point where I was going to collapse with satisfaction. I'm just overwhelmed by the verdict," said Carol Chadwell Smith, the sister of victim Robert Chadwell. "It's over. I'm lightheaded, weak at the knees. The healing process can begin. It can begin now. I can go to sleep and sleep peacefully."
Chadwell, along with David Glasser and Edward Frampton were kidnapped, tortured and killed by Hall and two other men, according to trial testimony.
Smith told The Eagle that she and her family were there for her brother as well as the other two victims.
Willie Haywood Jr., Robert Chadwell's longtime partner who testified during the trial, said he was "very satisfied" with the resolution of the case, but won't feel closure until "the other two trials are over."
Haywood said he will be attending those trials -- for Hall's co-defendants, David Chalue and Caius Veiovis -- as well.
Both Smith and Haywood said it's been a hard couple of years for them.
"I'm just glad that it's over," Smith said. "It's been a long, long, long two years. I'm done. I'm tired."
"I think it's really horrible. Having to go through this, not sleeping, being afraid someone's going to come in the house," Haywood said. "Whoever heard of someone just coming in and taking three people from a house and no one hearing or seeing anything."
While they are relieved by the verdict, Smith said having to sit through the trial and the sometimes graphic testimony was very difficult.
"It's a sense of relief," she said. "But my memories are always going to be there. There are going to be things that were said in this courtroom that I'm not going to be able to get out of my head, like the conditions of my brother and his friends' bodies. That image is stuck in my head for the rest of my life."
Smith hopes no one ever has to experience the pain her family has suffered.
"Nobody should have to go through ... what our family went through," she said. "It's sickening. I hope no one ever has to endure the pain that we have."
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