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9:02
Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder is on the bench. Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless is telling Kinder about what he expects a forensic anthropologist to testify to.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:02 
9:05
Capeless said his testimony will include an illustration found in a anatomy book found in the apartment of co-defendant Caius Veiovis. Black has been trying to get the book excluded.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:05 
9:07
Black said there is no proof Hall ever looked at the book.

He said this is the most prejudicial evidence that would come in in this case. He calls it a dissection book.

Black said it will be impossible for the jury to not be biased after seeing this book.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:07 
9:10
Capeless has photos of Veiovis' apartment.

The pages in question were taken out of the book, he said.

Capeless wants to offer a collection of illustrations from the book.

He will ask the witness if the illustration is consistent with the dismemberment of the victims.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:10 
9:12
Kinder said the diagrams of dissecting a human body are graphic, but in itself dissecting a human body is not a crime.

Black said the witness is going to make a link between the illustration and the dismemberments in this case.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:12 
9:17
Capeless said the book is not about dismemberment it's a somewhat old fashioned medical text on various medical procedures, including surgical procedures.

The witness will say the location of the dismemberments in this case is consistent with the diagram. For instance, the dismemberment of the arms was not at the shoulder joint but in the bone, Capeless said.

He said the illustrations of dismemberment were cut out to make a collage in Veiovis apartment. He said these dismemberments in the case were chopping, but the book shows a saw doing the dismemberment.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:17 
9:19
Black is adamant the book is too prejudicial to his client. It's not as if the book was found in Hall's home wide open or if there were Hall's fingerprints on it, he said.

Black said Capeless's witness is going to say a machete and sheath found at Veiovis' home is consistent with a weapon that could have been used. He said there is no evidence it was used.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:19 
9:22
Kinder asks Capeless why the illustrations should be used in Hall's trial.

Capeless said he is presenting a joint venture case, even though the three defendants are being tried separately.

Black said Veiovis moved to the upstairs apartment a week after the weekend the men disappeared. He said there is no proof Hall was in the upstairs apartment.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:22 
9:23
Kinder takes a brief recess to look again at the case (legal decision) Black has been citing. He will come back with a decision and the jury will be brought in, he said.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:23 
9:40
Judge Kinder is back on the bench.

Black is talking about the machete. He said it is a random weapon the police did not think was important enough to seize.

Kinder rules Veiovis' possession of the illustrations of amputations is probative in this case, more than prejudicial. It is allowed in.

Kinder said the picture of the machete is allowed in.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:40 
9:41
The jury is brought into the courtroom.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:41 
9:44
The prosecution calls Dr. James Pokines of the state Medical Examiners Office.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:44 
9:45
He said forensic anthropologists study human remains. One of the things he does is examine bodies for trauma.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:45 
9:47
He has examined hundreds of cases where he studied bones.

He was assigned the case of the three victims after an autopsy was done.

Pokines examined bones provided to him for study.

Friday January 24, 2014 9:47 
9:49
Most damage to the bones were caused by chopping or hacking trauma, when a heavy bladed instrument is used in chopping rather than cutting with a knife.

In some cases he could count number of strikes, in some he couldn't. One had at least 25 blows impacting on a bone.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:49 
9:50
It was common to see hacking trauma from more than one instrument. In some cases there were chop marks on both sides of the bone.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:50 
9:52
Pokines said with a few exceptions, by far most was caused by a heavy bladed instrument, consistent with something like a large butcher knife. The marks were also consistent with a meat cleaver or machete.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:52 
9:52
He could rule out something like an axe or hammer.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:52 
9:55
Pokines said he cannot measure the degree of force used by just looking at the bones.

He cannot tell from the bones if the hackings were after or before death.
Friday January 24, 2014 9:55 
10:00
Capeless shows him a photo of the left humerus bone of Frampton (the upper arm bone). The photo is put on the screen. There is some slicing and some chopping as well as some fracturing, he said. A heavy blade forced the bone apart. There was also some fracturing.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:00 
10:01
Now a photo of David Glasser's upper leg bone. There are many individual marks caused by chopping, he said. There is a bone that fractured apart as it was chopped.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:01 
10:04
The next photo shown is Glasser's humerus with a chopping mark. There were more than one chopping marks in a vee shape.

Now a photo of the left femur bone of Robert Chadwell is shown with a number of chop marks.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:04 
10:05
The next photo is two vertebrates. The damage was aimed between two bones, separating them.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:05 
10:07
The next photo is a closeup of the last, of Robert Chadwell. This is an example of different angles of chopping, he said.

A photo of ribs of Chadwell is shown. It is an example of ribs which were broken by blunt force trauma, not chopped.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:07 
10:09
The next photo is from Chadwell, a portion of the lower breast bone. A part was removed by sharp force trauma. It didn't have to be a heavy blade. It could have been cut by a sharp blade.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:09 
10:10
He created diagrams showing the hacking and cutting of each man.

Friday January 24, 2014 10:10 
10:17
The diagram of hacking wounds to Frampton is put up. Pokines uses in the diagrams red arrows to show direction of chopping.

There was a sawing trauma to the neck bone in two different directions.

There was hacking trauma to the neck on the front.

More hacking trauma to upper arm bone. Hacking trauma to the femur from the side. The other femur hacked from front and back. Hacking trauma to the pelvis from the side.



Friday January 24, 2014 10:17 
10:18
The next diagram is David Glasser. Hacking trauma to the neck from two different directions.

Hacking to the upper arm from the back on one side, the other side from two directions.

Upper leg on one side had hacking trauma from side and back.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:18 
10:23
Pokines is shown a page showing illustrations.

Some locations shown in the illustration are consistent with the locations of dismemberment in this case.

They show dismemberment and removal of limb by cutting through bone.


Friday January 24, 2014 10:23 
10:24
He is shown a photo of a machete and said it would be consistent with a weapon that could cause the chopping wounds.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:24 
10:25
Black cross-examines Pokines. Pokines said he has never seen the weapon shown in the photo.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:25 
10:27
Pokines said the illustration he was shown by Capeless appears to show sawing.

Not all of the locations shown in the illustration are consistent with what was done to the men.

Friday January 24, 2014 10:27 
10:30
The illustration is from a book found in Veiovis' apartment.

On Chadwell the cutting of the humerus is not consistent with the illustration, Pokines.

For Frampton the humerus was cut at the top, also not consistent with the illustration. Same with Glasser's humerus.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:30 
10:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What does halls reaction seem to be upon seeing these pictures on the monitor
Friday January 24, 2014 10:30 Guest
10:30
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Do the pictures of the victims bones showing how they were hacked at and chopped on seem to bother Hall at all?
Friday January 24, 2014 10:30 Guest
10:33
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Are the other 2 co-defendants scheduled to testify in this case?
Friday January 24, 2014 10:33 Guest
10:34
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Are the photos posted online anywhere?
Friday January 24, 2014 10:34 Guest
10:39
Pokines said there is only the one location where he saw sawing on Frampton. Any kind of sawing blade could cause it.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:39 
10:39
Pokines did not see the entire skeletons of the men.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:39 
10:40
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
will the other defendant's trials begin rigt after Hall's in the same court?
Friday January 24, 2014 10:40 Guest
10:44
Capeless is back questioning Pokines.

Pokines said decomposition of tissue did not affect his study, which is just of the bones.

Pokines said the hacking could have been several weeks after death, it could have been several hours before death. He has no way of telling.

Friday January 24, 2014 10:44 
10:46
State Police Sgt. Christopher Meiklejohn is on the stand for cross-examination. Cross-examination of him was delayed yesterday because of scheduling issues, so the medical examiner could testify.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:46 
10:47
He was told the information about where in Becket to go to look for the bodies came from David Casey.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:47 
10:51
When he got to the property Sept. 9, 2011, police had secured the property.

No digging was done until Sept. 10.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:51 
10:52
Black is asking Meiklejohn what other police were there when he arrived.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:52 
10:54
Black is asking Meiklejohn if he knows who had access to the property, and to Casey's excavator on the property, before Sept.9. Meiklejohn does not know.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:54 
10:57
To review previous testimony: David Casey had been doing work on the large property of Daniel Cole in Becket. Casey testified when Hall got him to bury the plastic bags (containing the body parts) he used Cole's property and his own excavator, which was already there.
Friday January 24, 2014 10:57 
11:00
Meiklejohn said there were 14 plastic bags taken from the hole. A 15th bag was used by police to put a severed arm into. The arm had been on top of a plastic bag.

To me they looked like black plastic garbage bags with their tops tied, he said.

A hand was protruding from one bag.

No guns or knives were found. There was a liquor bottle found in the area.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:00 
11:02
The Jack Daniels bottle was 50 yard north of the hole. It was submitted to crime scene services. There was a fingerprint found but it didn't have sufficient detail.

The soil taken from the hole was sifted.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:02 
11:04
Soil samples were submitted to the crime lab, Meiklejohn said.

He said of the seepage that had to be drained from the hole "I wouldn't call it bloody water...It looked like the skin on the top of soup, a liquid fat."
Friday January 24, 2014 11:04 
11:06
Meiklejohn said a chemist swabbed the excavator and prints were taken.

There was a positive presumptive test for blood in the excavator, but there was no pool of blood.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:06 
11:08
At different times photos and videos were taken while the hole was being searched, Meiklejohn said.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:08 
11:10
After the bags of remains were taken out of the hole (about 4 p.m.) they were taken by the medical examiner.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:10 
11:15
Meiklejohn said Cole did not get to the property until Sept. 12. He had been on vacation. He agreed to let police check his home.

Meiklejohn said he and Cole walked through the home to see if anything was disturbed and it wasn't.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:15 
11:17
Meiklejohn is through testifying. The mid morning break is taken.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:17 
11:41
Court is back in session. The prosecution calls State Police Trooper Michael O'Neil.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:41 
11:42
In Aug. 2011 he was in Crime Scene Services.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:42 
11:44
He was provided with plastic bags from the scene after the contents were removed. He was asked to examine them for fingerprints or palm prints. He was not able to get any.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:44 
11:49
He processed a small flashlight and a keychain, as well as a phone charger.

He wasn't able to get prints off of them.

He was given several pieces of cardboard, no prints on them.

O'Neil was given 6 water bottles from Veiovis' Jeep to process.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:49 
11:52
He was also given an open package of gloves and a gun cleaning kit from the Hells Angels clubhouse in Lee. He could not get any prints off of them.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:52 
11:55
Black cross-examines O'Neil.

O'Neil took photos at the Becket property Sept. 10, 2011.
Friday January 24, 2014 11:55 
12:00
O'Neil is not sure if any prints were taken from Casey's excavator.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:00 
12:02
Black is having O'Neil describe how he looked for prints on the black plastic bags.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:02 
12:05
On Sept. 10 he also did some of the digging in addition to taking photos.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:05 
12:06
There was a white plastic bag found in the excavator, but O'Neil was not able to get prints off of that.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:06 
12:08
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
is it clear there were no fingerprints at all of just none matching any of the defendants
Friday January 24, 2014 12:08 Guest
12:11
O'Neil is excused. The next witness is Sgt. Brian Berkel of the Massachusetts State Police, assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:11 
12:14
He was assigned to attend the autopsies of the men. They began Sept. 12 and finished Sept. 14.

The black plastic bags had been knotted at the top. Medical examiner Dr. Jennifer Hammers and he opened them from the bottom. First the bags had been x-rayed.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:14 
12:15
The victims were identified by fingerprints.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:15 
12:17
All the bags were the same type and size.

The first bag opened contained three human skulls, bag number 14.

The next was one where the x-ray showed no evidence of bones, Bag 11 had clothing and other items.

Bag 8 contained intestines, liver, entrails, foliage, a four foot long string like a drawstring.

Bag 9 was empty.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:17 
12:19
There were some bags double and triple bagged. The single bagged ones were 8, 11, 9 and 4 and 12.

The body parts were wet, muddy, beginning to show signs of decomposition. Some had foliage attached. It seemed all the extremities were there.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:19 
12:20
"We dedicated a gurney to each victim," he said. As they removed the body parts from each bag they tried to reconstruct each man.

Some of the clothing had holes and such consistent with some of the wounds on the body parts.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:20 
12:22
A pair of Lee denim jeans had been cut up the side. It had two holes in the left thigh consistent with bullet wounds in Glasser's left leg.

A black tee shirt had a hole in the shoulder in line with bullet on Frampton's back. There was a large cut in the back of the shirt consistent with an 8-inch long incision between Frampton's shoulder blades.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:22 
12:23
There were three shirts inside out together. The holes in the shirts lined up with bullet wounds of Chadwell's torso.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:23 
12:24
In bag 11 there was a sock had a tag sewn into it with Frampton's name. There was Glasser's wallet.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:24 
12:25
Sidebar conference.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:25 
12:27
In bag 11 there were no more wallets or forms of identification. There were no jackets or hats.

There was a ring on Frampton's hand.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:27 
12:32
Berkel brought projectiles found by Dr. Hammers in the men to the State Police.

They were: a projective from Frampton's jaw; one from Glasser; a projectile from Frampon's arm and a jacket from his left chin.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:32 
12:34
Black cross-examines Berkel. Berkel was at the Cole property in Becket Sept. 9, 2011.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:34 
12:36
Black is asking Berkel about how the Cole property scene was secured
Friday January 24, 2014 12:36 
12:39
Berkel arranged for a crime scene services unit to meet police Sept. 10.

He got to the property at about 8 a.m. Sept. 10. He looked for anything of any evidentiary value around the excavation site.

Friday January 24, 2014 12:39 
12:41
In his search around he was looking for any foreign objects but he found none. He did see some downed trees with fresh damage.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:41 
12:44
Berkel was part of the soil sifting. Black asks if anything in the dirt makes it unique.

He doesn't know if there was any effort to match the dirt with any other object.

He thinks pieces of tape, hairs, plastic from the soil were turned over to crime scene services.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:44 
12:46
In bag 11 personal effects were found. The items were turned over to crime scene services. Some items were examined for prints. He doesn't think they were examined for DNA.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:46 
12:49
Berkel said some of the foliage was given to a botanist. He doesn't know what the results were.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:49 
12:51
Some bags had tears in them so there were some bags where body parts were visible at the excavation site.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:51 
12:52
Bags 14, 2, 3, 6, 10, and 15 were double bagged.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:52 
12:57
Capeless asks Berkel if there was a metal fragment taken from Glasser. He said that was also turned over.
Friday January 24, 2014 12:57 
1:03
The trial of Adam Lee Hall will resume Monday. There will be pre-trial motion hearings in front of Kinder beginning at 2 p.m. in the case against co-defendant David Chalue. We will be live-blogging those motion hearings.
Friday January 24, 2014 1:03 
1:10
To clarify. The motion hearings this afternoon for David Chalue will be in this blog.
Friday January 24, 2014 1:10 
2:04
This blog is now about the pretrial motions for David Chalue. Chalue has filed a motion for appointment of private counsel.

He is dissatisfied with Donald Frank as a lawyer. Chalue said he thinks to go forward with Frank would not give him a fair trial.
Friday January 24, 2014 2:04 
2:05
Capeless said the case is 2 1/2 years old, a trial date is set. For this to be turned over to a new lawyer is objectionable to the state.
Friday January 24, 2014 2:05 
2:07
Kinder said the trial is April 17. Frank is the second court appointed counsel. Frank has used numerous experts, vigorously pursued discovery, filed and litigated motions aggressively.

Kinder sees no reason to see any other lawyer would have a better relationship with Chalue. He denies the motion to replace Frank.
Friday January 24, 2014 2:07 
2:12
On Nov. 26 Kinder allowed a motion for Chalue to get mental health records of an inmate of the state Dept. of Corrections who is to be a prosecution witness against Chalue.

The Mass Partnership for Correctional Health care is the actual provider, according to the Department of Corrections, Kinder said.



Friday January 24, 2014 2:12 
2:20
Chalue had filed a motion to account for possessions of his taken when he was removed from his cell and put in segregation.

Frank said they want to know what happened to the documents during the time Chalue was in segregation.

Frank is saying when Chalue was in segregation, and then returned to the general population, he was missing records.

A spokeswoman for the Corrections Department said when Frank told her about the missing documents they were found and returned.






Friday January 24, 2014 2:20 
2:23
That is all the motions in the Chalue case to be discussed today. This blog is now ending until the resumption of Hall's trial Monday at 9.

Friday January 24, 2014 2:23 
 
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