SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011.
“I’ll see you all in hell,” Caius Veiovis, 34, of Pittsfield, yelled at the jury that convicted him after deliberating over six days. Veiovis also was convicted Friday of kidnapping and intimidation of a witness.
The dismembered bodies of David Glasser, 44; Edward Frampton, 58; and Robert Chadwell, 47, of Pittsfield were found buried in nearby Becket 10 days after they disappeared in August 2011. The killings shocked Pittsfield, a town of about 41,000 in northwestern Massachusetts. The trials were moved to Springfield.
Two co-defendants in the case were convicted of the same charges earlier this year. They are serving life without parole, the mandatory term Veiovis faces at his sentencing Monday.
Prosecutors said Veiovis helped Adam Lee Hall, 37, of Peru, and David Chalue, 47, of North Adams, kidnap and shoot the victims weeks before Glasser was to testify against Hall, a Hells Angels member, in an assault case. The others were killed to eliminate witnesses, prosecutors said. Defense attorneys argued there was shaky evidence.
Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said he is gratified by the verdicts and hopes it helps the victims’ families by ending “the constant reminder to them of what has happened to their loved ones,” the Springfield Republican reported.
Defense attorney James Reardon Jr. said he disagrees with the verdict but respects the jury’s diligence, the Republican reported. “I always have confidence in juries, and I still believe strongly in the American jury system,” he said. He said Veiovis has an automatic appeal, and he hopes the verdict is overturned.
Reardon said before trial that he was concerned Veiovis’s appearance might influence jurors, and potential panel members were asked about it.
Veiovis, formerly a resident of Augusta, Maine, has a 666 tattoo between two rows of forehead bumps, and other facial and neck tattoos. He legally changed his name from Roy Gutfinski Jr. in 2008 while serving more than seven years in a Maine prison for an assault with a razor followed by licking the teenage victim’s blood, the Kennebec Journal reported.