Controversial testimony allowed in WMass triple murder trial

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP-WWLP) – A judge has ruled that the testimony of two jailhouse informants can be heard at the trial of David Chalue of North Adams, one of three people accused in the 2011 killings of three men from Pittsfield.

Chalue is scheduled to face trial later this month in the August 2011 deaths of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton.

Two inmates allege the 47-year-old Chalue admitted to the killings.

Chalue’s attorney argued that the informants elicited the allegedly incriminating statements while acting as government agents in violation of Chalue’s rights. The defense attorney said both men have a history of working with police.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the judge ruled the testimony admissible because there’s no evidence of an agreement between law enforcement and either man, but they went to police after the statements were made.

Adam Lee Hall was found guilty of murder and other charges in connection with the three men’s deaths. A third suspect, Caius Veiovis, has yet to be tried. The cases are being tried in Springfield, due to the publicity the defendants had received in Berkshire County.

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