SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield jury is beginning to deliberate in the trial of Caius Veiovis, one of three men accused in a 2011 triple murder in Berkshire County. Closing arguments in Veiovis’s trial were held at Hampden Superior Court Friday morning.
He is the third suspect to go on trial in the killings of David Glasser, Edward Frampton, and Robert Chadwell. The three Pittsfield residents disappeared in August of 2011 as Tropical Storm Irene approached the area. Their dismembered bodies were later discovered on private property in the nearby town of Becket.
Adam Lee Hall and David Chalue have both been convicted of murder in the killings. Prosecutors said that Hall, a high-ranking member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, wanted Glasser dead to prevent him from testifying against him in an assault case. Frampton and Chadwell were killed to prevent there from being any witnesses.
Despite Hall and Chalue’s convictions, Veiovis’s attorney, James Reardon, Jr. said in the closing that there was no physical evidence to tie Caius Veiovis to the crime. Reardon added that there is no indication as to where the killings even took place, and that no weapons have been found.
Berkshire County D.A. David Capeless, who has prosecuted the trial, said that it is clear that Veiovis, Hall, and Chalue were together at the time of the crime. He said that Veiovis had motive because he wanted to be a member of the Hell’s Angels, and would do what it took to impress Hall.
The trials were moved from Pittsfield to Springfield, due to the large amount of publicity the case received in Berkshire County. Prior to the beginning of the trial, Veiovis’s attorney had expressed concern about finding an impartial jury because of what he called his client’s “unique appearance.” Veiovis has several body modifications, including implants in his forehead that resemble horns.
During his closing arguments, Reardon told the jury not to let Veiovis’s appearance impact their decision; saying that in the 21st century, we cannot judge people based on the way they look.