SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Dozens of state troopers were outside the Hampden County Hall of Justice in Springfield Friday morning, as they escorted three suspects to court Friday morning in a triple murder case, for fear that there could be trouble involving the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.
Adam Lee Hall, David Chalue, and Caius Veiovis are accused of the August 2011 murder of David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell. The three men were last seen alive in their Pittsfield home the day that Tropical Storm Irene made landfall. Their bodies were later found on private property in Becket.
Prosecutors say that Glasser was killed so he could not testify against Hall, a member of the Hell's Angels, in a court case. The other victims were killed to eliminate witnesses.
Fred Lantz, spokesperson for the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office, told 22News that Friday's hearing in Springfield is a motion hearing for the suspects, and that one of the motions is for a change of venue. Despite that, the only reason the hearing was held in Springfield Friday was that the judge assigned to the case was scheduled to work in Springfield.
The defendants' lawyers are making the change of venue request because they fear that too many people in Berkshire County are familiar with the case and the suspects, specifically Caius Veiovis, whose mug shot received widespread attention.
Other motions were to suppress an identification of one of the suspects, made by a Pittsfield woman who saw their photos with an article in the newspaper. They also want to suppress comments made by Adam Hall and David Chalue in the Hells Angels clubhouse while they were intoxicated.
Both sides are also discussing the possibility of severance: creating three separate trials for the three suspects.
The change of venue motion remains under advisement in this case. While creating three separate trials would simplify the case in some ways, it would complicate it in others, and significantly prolong the process.
State Trooper John Vasquez told 22News that there was such a large escort for the men because police had been concerned that there would be trouble due to the gang ties involved in the case, though there was no commotion at the courthouse and the troopers left soon after.