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Judge allows testimony of jailhouse informants in Berkshire County triple killing trial

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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A judge has ruled that the testimony of two jailhouse informants can be heard at the trial of a North Adams man charged with killing three Pittsfield men.

David Chalue (shuh-LOO') is scheduled to face trial later this month in the August 2011 deaths of David Glasser, Robert Chadwell and Edward Frampton.

Two inmates allege the 47-year-old Chalue admitted to the killings.

Chalue's attorney argued that the informants elicited the allegedly incriminating statements while acting as government agents in violation of Chalue's rights. The defense attorney said both men have a history of working with police.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1l7ovJ0 ) reports that the judge ruled the testimony admissible because there's no evidence of an agreement between law enforcement and either man, but they went to police after the statements were made.


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

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