Finally, opening arguments for Adam Lee Hall trial
SPRINGFIELD -- Jurors in the murder trial of Adam Lee Hall will hear testimony from ballistics experts that .45 caliber slugs were taken from the dismembered bodies of three Pittsfield men.
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And they'll hear a witness testify to giving Hall a .45 caliber pistol before the August 2011 slayings.
They'll hear from David Casey, 65, of Canaan, N.Y., who is facing accessory charges for allegedly helping to bury the men's remains with his excavator.
In a trial that could last as long as six weeks, about 250 witnesses are expected to testify for the prosecution, including nearly 100 law enforcement officials from various agencies.
Opening statements are expected today by Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless and Hall's attorney, Alan J. Black. Each is expected to last about 45 minutes.
Capeless then will begin to prosecute his case against Hall, who is facing 19 charges, including multiple counts of kidnapping and murder, for allegedly killing three men with the help of two others.
According to what the DA has told the court, during his opening statement he plans to show the jury pictures of the victims -- David Glasser and his roommate, Edward Frampton, and their friend Robert Chadwell -- and their alleged killers, Hall, 36, David Chalue, 46, of North Adams, and Caius Veiovis, 32, of Pittsfield. Chalue and Veiovis will be tried separately.
On Thursday, the last day the case was in Hampden District Court, Capeless hadn't decided whether to show images of the various sites associated with the case.
He has twice asked Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder to allow a viewing of the various sites by jurors, who would have been bused to Berkshire County, but the judge denied his requests.
Kinder said it wasn't necessary, since the prosecution could just as easily provide photographs of the sites in question.
After opening arguments, Capeless plans to "introduce" the victims to the jury and describe their disappearance in August 2011. He'll then backtrack to a July 2009 case, in which Hall allegedly beat David Glasser with a baseball bat and made him sign over his truck to him as payback for a suspected theft from his Peru home.
From there Capeless plans to move forward chronologically to the 2010 case in which police say Hall tried to discredit Glasser as a witness by framing him for a fake armed robbery in New York state. Hall's co-defendants in the alleged frame-up of Glasser also are expected to testify.
The DA will wrap up with the alleged kidnapping and murders of the three men.
Hall, and his co-defendants, have denied all charges.
By Thursday, after three days of jury selection, 17 people had been chosen to hear the case. Only 12 will deliberate -- the others are alternates.
Capeless is being assisted by First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello and Assistant District Attorney Gregory Barry. Black's co-counsel is Jeanne A Liddy, a Springfield-based attorney.
Three charges -- manufacturing cocaine, carrying a dangerous weapon (a double-edged knife) and illegal possession of a stun gun -- will be dealt with in a separate trial. No date has been given as to when it will go to trial.
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