- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A ranking member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club was convicted Friday of killing three Pittsfield men prosecutors said were slain so they couldn’t testify against him.

A Hampden Superior Court jury found Adam Lee Hall of guilty of three counts of murder and other charges including kidnapping and intimidating a witness.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Hall hung his head as the verdicts were read, and members of the victims’ families and police embraced.

Hall, 36, of Peru, Mass., and two other men were charged with fatally shooting David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell in August 2011 and disposing of their bodies in Becket. Hall was the first to face trial.

“I’m just glad this is over. It’s been a long, long, long two years,” Carol Chadwell Smith, Robert Chadwell’s sister, said.

Prosecutors say Hall had previously assaulted Glasser and wanted him dead so he couldn’t testify. They say Frampton and Chadwell were killed because they were with Glasser and would have been witnesses.

Hall’s defense lawyer, Alan Black, said there was no physical evidence linking Hall to the killings. He did not immediately comment after the verdict.

“There was an incredible amount of work put in by a great number of people who did an excellent job. They were tireless,” District Attorney David Capeless told The Republican of Springfield after the verdicts. “Tireless in trying to determine not just whether or not Adam Hall did it and also to determine if it was possible that anyone else had done it. I think the public needs to understand this was an incredibly thorough investigation.”

Two of Hall’s co-defendants testified he masterminded the killings. Another man charged as an accessory said he helped dispose of the bodies because he was afraid of Hall. They are being tried separately later this year.

Hall is to be sentenced Monday. His trial was moved to Springfield because of extensive news coverage of the case.

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