Jury set to deliberate for third day in David Chalue triple murder case
SPRINGFIELD -- After a full day of deliberating in the murder trial of David Chalue, the jury has yet to come back with a verdict.
The seven women and five men chosen to decide whether Chalue, 47, is guilty of three counts each murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation began deliberating Monday afternoon and continued all day Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court.
Chalue is accused of helping Adam Lee Hall and Caius Veiovis kidnap, torture, kill and dismember David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton in August 2011.
The jury sent out only one note of importance on Tuesday, asking if they could have the discovery material that prosecution witness Jeffrey Cashman -- who testified Friday -- said Chalue had sent him along with a note, referred to as a "kite" in prison jargon. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder denied the jury access to the 103 pages of documents because they were not in evidence.
The kite is in evidence. According to Cashman, who is serving a state prison sentence on armed robbery, he met Chalue while both men were in the segregation unit of the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in 2013. Chalue was there awaiting his trial and Cashman was there for fighting with another inmate.
He said Chalue sent him the material along with a note telling him to "check out this novel" and that there were several "rats" in the case who were "in the hat" and that Cashman might be called on to "make his bones" with the Aryan Brotherhood, a prison gang to which Chalue belongs and Cashman was attempting to join.
Cashman said "in the hat" meant to either kill or seriously beat someone and making "bones" meant that he would be responsible for the attack.
In the documents, Hall and David Casey, who testified against Chalue and is facing accessory charges for helping to bury the victims' remains, were labeled as "no good rats."
At an earlier pretrial hearing, Chalue took the stand and denied giving Cashman the material. He admitted penning the note, but said there was no hidden meaning in it.
Cashman testified that Chalue had given him details about the crimes. Chalue's attorney, Donald W. Frank., asserted that the information Cashman claimed came from Chalue could be found in the discovery material the witness read.
On Tuesday, the jury continued deliberating after being told they wouldn't be given the documents and at about 4 p.m. the jury quit for the day. They will begin deliberating once again this morning at 9 a.m.
Chalue has seemed to be in good spirits during the jury's deliberations. On Tuesday afternoon he told his mother to come back the next day and that perhaps he would be coming home with his family today.
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