Rape trial date set for Adams man


PITTSFIELD -- A tentative trial date has been set for September in the case of an Adams man who allegedly raped a woman in her home last March hours after his release from a New York jail. But that trial schedule could change depending on whether DNA testing can be done in time.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Jeffrey Vigiard, 39, of Adams, was connected to the crime after his DNA was matched through a data bank to evidence found at the scene. But further testing is necessary to go forward with the prosecution, according to Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III.

Kinzer will be filing a motion to require Vigiard to give up his DNA so it can be retested by the State Police Forensic Services Group.

On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, Kinzer said the DNA testing can take months. A status date of June 18 has been set to determine whether the case will be ready for the September trial list or pushed back.

Vigiard is accused of breaking into a 20-year-old woman's home in Pittsfield early in the morning of March 24 and raping her in her bedroom while her small child slept in the same room. The rape allegedly occurred a few hours after Vigiard was released from a New York jail, where he had been serving time for larceny.

Vigiard then fled the state, according to the prosecutor. He was arrested in July in San Francisco and returned to Berkshire County.

Vigiard has pleaded not guilty to single counts of aggravated rape, witness intimidation, burglary, assault on an occupant, and breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony.

Vigiard's lawyer, Thomas J. Donohue Jr., said he has a private investigator working on the case.

"The fact pattern is very strange," said Donohue. The lawyer said "nothing seems to make sense" in regard to the alleged crime.

Meanwhile, Vigiard remains at the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction on $1 million bail.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department. The lead detective in the case is Nicholas DeSantis.


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