In the way of American justice, the cases against the three men associated in the public mind with the Berkshire County charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club simply will not end.
In August 2011 three men named Adam Lee Hall, David Chalue and Caius Veiovis allegedly murdered three other men named David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell. It became a Hells Angels case because at the time of the murders Hall was the Sergeant at Arms for the Berkshire County charter. The case became sensational because Veiovis, who was born Roy Gutfinski, had a unique appearance accentuated by facial tattoos, an interesting nose piercing and implants in his forehead that were intended to resemble a demon’s horns. Both Chalue and Veiovis were said to have aspired to membership in the Angels.
Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell were murdered because Glasser was about to testify in a case that could have put Hall in prison. Frampton and Chadwell were murdered because they were in Glasser’s apartment when Hall showed up. Chalue and Veiovis were there because Hall allegedly portrayed the murders as being connected to Hells Angels business and they wanted to ingratiate themselves to the club.
Hall was hardly a model Angel. In 2010, Hall tried to talk the FBI into letting him “take down” multiple East Coast charters of the Angels and the Feds turned him down because they thought he was a flake. He was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery, witness intimidation and three counts of murder last February.
It was not an easy verdict for Hall’s jury to reach. The jurors were deadlocked for days. When they finally asked the judge, a man named Jeffrey Kinder, if they could give up and go home the judge told them to keep trying until they arrived at a verdict and then they could go home. So they found Hall guilty an hour later.
Chalue’s trial has followed that course. He is also being tried by Judge Kinder. His defense ended on Monday and today the jury returned guilty verdicts on similar charges as Hall. But in this case, nothing is ever simple.
Through his attorney, Chalue asked that the individual jurors be polled. One female juror told Kinder that the verdicts were not unanimous. The defender asked for a mistrial. Kinder took a five minute recess and told the jury to get back to their room and try to agree some more.
Kinder will also preside over Veiovis’ trial beginning September 2. There is a motion hearing in that case scheduled for August 21, about three years after the dismembered bodies of Glasser, Frampton and Chadwell were discovered buried in a trench.