Posted at: 01/13/2014 12:26 PM
Updated at: 02/03/2014 10:36 AM
By: WNYT Staff
Adam Lee Hall listens to testimony during day one of his murder trial.
Photo: Dan Levy / WNYT
Berkshire County D.A. David Capeless examines witness Harry Bermas, a senior investigator with AT&T, at the murder trial of Adam Lee Hall in Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, Mass.
Photo: Dan Levy / WNYT
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Opening arguments were made on Monday in the murder and kidnapping trial of Adam Lee Hall.
He's accused of killing three men from Pittsfield in 2011.
The trial was moved to Springfield because of all the publicity.
Details of the crime, as outlined by Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless, were gruesome to say the least, telling the jury that Hells Angel Adam Lee Hall, along with two accomplices, tortured, shot and killed, and then dismembered these three men before burying their body parts in fifteen plastic bags in the woods of Beckett, Massachusetts.
Capeless says accomplices and confidants will testify against Hall.
“You will hear Adam Hall bragging, celebrating and mocking the victims,” said Capeless.
As the trial was getting underway, defense attorney Alan Black objected to the prosecution's use of the word 'torture', arguing that chopping up a body that's already dead, doesn't constitute torture. The judge overruled the objection.
“Make no mistake about it, this is a horrible, horrendous case. The issue is: will the commonwealth be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Hall did these things? -- They can not!” said Alan Black, Hall’s Attorney.
Capeless concedes he doesn't know where the murders took place, and he hasn't recovered any of the weapons. He also agrees with Alan Black there's no physical evidence or DNA that links Hall to the murders, a crime Capeless says was masterminded by Hall to eliminate witnesses against him from a previous assault case."
What Capeless seems to be banking on is the testimony of this man, David Casey, whose been charged as an accessory for allegedly helping to bury the body parts.
Black contends most, if not all, of the witnesses against his client, are hoping for or expecting leniency -- which he suggested to the jury, discredits them.
The trial is expected to last four to six weeks, with more than 150 witnesses called to the stand. Two other defendants will be tried separately.