Update: Expert testifies Adam Lee Hall's DNA not found on items
SPRINGFIELD -- A DNA analyst testified Wednesday that Adam Lee Hall's DNA wasn't found on most of the items tested in the case.
Jessica Hart told the jury in Hall's murder trial in Hampden Superior Court that the defendant's DNA was either not present or there wasn't enough genetic material to determine if Hall's DNA was present on all the items she tested.
Fingernail scrapings from two of three victims -- Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell -- didn't turn up Hall or his two codefendants' DNA, Hart said.
There was no DNA from the victims in Caius Veiovis' Jeep, according to the analyst.
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Steven Jones, under questioning from Hall's attorney, Alan J. Black, said he was not aware of any DNA belonging to Glasser, Chadwell or Frampton being found in Hall's Peru residence or Veiovis' Pittsfield apartment.
Hart told the jury there were several reasons why an item that is tested may not turn up a DNA profile for a single person, including getting partial profiles for a number of people or a lack of genetic material to create a complete profile.
Additionally, she said, in some cases DNA can be degraded by water, extreme heat, bacteria and mold which would prevent testing.
She said she would expect to see DNA degradation as well as contamination in the victims' remains in this case, which were together in several bags and buried in the earth for nearly two weeks in the summer.
Jones, who is a member of the Berkshire Detective Unit, described to the jury on Wednesday what he found at two apartments in the same building on Cloverdale Street where Veiovis had lived. He said on Sept. 12, 2011, he and other investigators executed a search warrant at Veiovis' old apartment and at the apartment he had recently moved into and was living at the time of the search.
Jones said in the old apartment they found a wall covered with human anatomy illustrations that had been cut out of a book and pinned up. they also found more related material on the floor nearby, he said.
In Veovis' other apartment Jones said above the doorway leading into to the bedroom they found two hatchets with a skull and crossbones, and inside the bedroom, a machete, a Cat o' Nine Tails, a knife and two long pieces of wood studded with nails.
In the kitchen they found a cleaver and knife, he said.
Jones said they seized a Hells Angels "support" T-shirt that was found there.
The trooper said portions of copies of The Berkshire Eagle were also found in the apartment that include articles about the missing men.
According to Jones, after crime scene personnel tested the weapons for the presumptive presence of blood and came up with negative results it was decided the weapons would not be seized.
During cross-examination, Black asked Jones: "Wouldn't it be fair to say important evidence in a triple homicide would be seized?" Jones said they do collect important evidence.
Black also questioned Jones about the clothes seized from Hall and his co-defendants after their arrest.
The trooper acknowledged that if there was any evidentiary value in the clothing seized from the defendants it would have been shown to the jury.
Testimony continues Thursday.
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