The jury in the trial of Caius Veiovis will begin a third day of deliberations tomorrow. Veiovis is accused of the gruesome murders of David R. Glasser, Glasser’s roommate, Edward Frampton, and their friend Robert Chadwell in Springfield, Massachusetts in August 2011.
News media in Massachusetts have consistently associated the murders with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club because the architect of the murders, a man named Adam Lee Hall, was a former Sergeant at Arms for the Berkshire County Charter of the club.
Veiovis had no association with the Angels and did not own a motorcycle but Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless’ has repeatedly said that Veiovis participated in the murders because he thought that doing so would help him join the Angels.
Veiovis is the third defendant to be tried in the case. Hall and David Chalue were convicted earlier this year in separate trials and both were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A fourth man, heavy equipment operator David Casey, is accused of using his backhoe to dig the mass grave that held the victims dismembered bodies. He is charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder and an accessory after the fact of intimidation of a witness. He has said that he only dug the hole because he was “intimidated by Hells Angels.” He has testified against all three of the other accused men in the case.
Prosecutors have said Hall wanted Glasser dead so he couldn’t testify against Hall at an upcoming trial. Police say Frampton and Chadwell were killed because they were with Glasser when Hall, Chalue and Veiovis came to kill him.
The case against Veiovis was comparatively slim. There is no DNA evidence against the accused and the murder weapons have never been recovered. In his closing statement Capeless told the jury, “The case is not and should not be considered by you about what the defendant himself alone did. But what did the three of them do.” The prosecutor said, “The evidence in this case may not be overwhelming, but it is compelling. Together as a whole, it’s convincing beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Veiovis defense attorney told the jury his client’s grotesque appearance (see photo above) should not be held against him. The defendant is a self-proclaimed “vampire” and Satanist. He was born Roy C. Gutfinski Jr. but changed his name while in prison in Maine after slashing a 16-year-old girl and drinking her blood.
In his closing statement, Veiovis’ lawyer Gavin Reardon told the jury, “He shouldn’t be judged by his appearance. He shouldn’t be judged by what he keeps in his apartment.”
The jurors deliberated for almost three hours last Friday and all day today and appear to be unsure about what they heard. They asked to see a trial transcript today and were told the transcript is not yet available.