David Chalue triple murder trial coming to a close

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield jury will now decide the fate of the second of three men put on trial for a 2011 triple murder in Berkshire County.

Closing arguments were held in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield Monday morning in the trial of David Chalue, who has been on trial since late April in connection with the kidnapping and killings of David Glasser, Edward Frampton, and Robert Chadwell.

Both the prosecution and the defense were given an hour to present their final cases to the jury. During his closing argument, Chalue’s defense attorney Donald Frank argued that the witness testimony against his client was not credible, because it came from jailhouse informants.

“This is the case against David Chalue: it comes down to five inmates with nothing to lose and a lot to gain,” Frank said.

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless told the jury that the evidence against Chalue is very strong.

“In some parts, the evidence in this case is overwhelming. In other parts, it’s compelling, but together as a whole, it is convincing beyond a reasonable doubt,” Capeless said.

Chalue’s trial follows a guilty verdict on several charges in the case of co-defendant Adam Lee Hall. A third suspect in the case, Caius Veiovis, has yet to go on trial.

Prosecutors say that Glasser was killed to prevent him from testifying against Hall, a member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang. Frampton and Chadwell were killed to eliminate any witnesses.

After being reported missing from their Pittsfield home for several days, the three men’s remains were found on a property in the town of Becket.

Though the crimes happened in Berkshire County, the trials of all three suspects were moved to the Hampden County Hall of Justice in Springfield due to all the publicity that the case has received in the Pittsfield area.

Chalue could face life in prison if convicted.

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