No verdict yet in murder trial of Adam Lee Hall


SPRINGFIELD -- Jurors in the Adam Lee Hall murder trial have deliberated for 15 hours without rendering a verdict.

After a full day behind closed doors in Hampden Superior Court on Thursday, the jury asked Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder if they could suspend deliberations for the day.

This was the first and only note sent out by the jury on Thursday. There had been three notes sent to the judge in the previous days requesting a map of the areas in Berkshire County associated with the case, and questions about definitions of legal terms.

Thursday morning began with Capeless asking the judge to reconsider giving instructions to the jury on the elements of witness intimidation. Earlier in the week, the DA told the court part of the language of the statute had been left out of jury instructions pertaining to the types of injury -- physical, economical, emotional -- that can be considered by the jury in connection with the crime.

"The jury should hear the full charge," he told the court, saying it could prejudice the prosecution's case.

Black said it had been 48 hours since the jury asked about that charge.

He said both parties had the chance to look over the wording of the jury instruction before it was given to them.

Kinder denied the motion, telling Capeless that the prosecution had a chance to look over the instruction and ask for alterations before the charge went to the jury.

Hall and two other men allegedly kidnapped and murdered three Pittsfield men in August 2011. He also is facing charges from two other incidents, in 2009 and 2010, involving one of the three men is accused of killing.

The jury of nine women and three men received the case on Monday afternoon after hearing final arguments from Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless and Hall's attorney, Alan J. Black. That day the jury deliberated for about an hour.

On Tuesday, they worked for an entire day, but didn't reach a verdict on the 19 charges they must consider.

Court was not in session on Wednesday due to the winter storm.

Deliberations will resume today.


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