- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The testimony of two jailhouse informants can be heard at the trial of a North Adams man charged with killing three Pittsfield men, a judge has ruled.

David Chalue, 47, is scheduled to face trial later this month in Hampden Superior Court in the August 2011 deaths of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton.

Two inmates who spent time behind bars with Chalue allege that Chalue admitted to the killings. He has pleaded not guilty.

Chalue’s attorney argued that the informants elicited the allegedly incriminating statements while acting as government agents in violation of Chalue’s rights, The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1l7ovJ0 ) reported.

Both men have a history of working with police and were active informants who tried to get Chalue to make incriminating statements, defense attorney David Frank said.

But the judge ruled this week that the testimony was admissible because there’s no evidence of an agreement between law enforcement and either man, and they went to police after the alleged statements were made.

Chalue is one of four men charged in connection with the killings. The ringleader, Adam Lee Hall, was convicted and sentenced in February to life in prison.

Another man faces trial for allegedly playing a role in killing the victims, while a fourth is charged with helping dispose of the bodies.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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