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Judge sets trial date in Pittsfield triple slaying

May 23, 2013 GMT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Three men facing murder charges in connection with a triple slaying in Berkshire County will go on trial in January, a judge has ruled.

Adam Lee Hall, David Chalue and Caius Veiovis appeared together in court on Wednesday for the first time since their arraignment 18 months ago amid heavy security.

They are charged with killing David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell of Pittsfield in August 2011. Glasser was killed so he could not testify against Hall, a member of the Hells Angels, in an unrelated court case, prosecutors said. The other victims were killed to eliminate witnesses, prosecutors said.

Their bodies were found about two weeks later buried on private property in Becket.

All three defendants are being held without bail at various jails in the state and all have pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation.

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The Berkshire Eagle reported that lawyers for Chalue and Veiovis asked that charges be dismissed because of a lack of evidence.

Hall’s lawyer objected to the introduction of some evidence to the grand jury.

The judge did not immediately rule.

District Attorney David Capeless countered that there is “significant” evidence and the defendants could be placed at the scene of the crimes.

Capeless said the trial could last up to six weeks, if the defendants are tried together. Their lawyers have asked for separate trials.

A fourth defendant faces charges of helping the other three bury the bodies. David Casey remains in jail on $1 million bail.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com