West Springfield man in deadly love triangle denies 9 drug charges
SPRINGFIELD – West Springfield man embroiled in fatal love triangle last year faces off charge of cocaine and heroin after police raid on his apartment Last week.
David A. Cullison, 36, was arrested at the same address at 21 Chester St. where his former lover allegedly killed his girlfriend November 27.
Cullison and Samantha Berthiaume, 23, also of 21 Chester St., were charged after city, state and federal officials raided their apartment on April 12 and reported seizing powdered cocaine, crack and heroin.
Cullison pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court nine drug charges, including distribution of heroin and cocaine; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, recidivism; possession of cocaine and heroin, two secondary offenses; and conspiracy to break drug laws.
Berthiaume also denied the charges of distributing heroin and cocaine during his indictment.
Assistant District Attorney Cary Szafranski requested $ 25,000 bail for Cullison, citing his 11-page criminal record and the amount of drugs seized from his apartment.
Judge William Boyle granted the bail application and continued the case until May 11.
The arrest came four months after Cullison’s ex-girlfriend Christen Longley, 31, of West Springfield, was charged with fatally stabbing his new girlfriend, Jennifer Best, 30, in her apartment of Chester Street.
In a note written before the stabbing, Longley blamed Best for the breakdown of the couple’s 15-year relationship.
“David, I have always loved you,“she said to Cullison.” Sorry, I had to do this. But I know you’re gone for good. She took my life so I take hers, ”she added.
Three days later, Longley pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and was held without bail; she is awaiting trial in Hampden Superior Court.
At the time of Best’s death, Longley was already facing charges for a September 30 meeting with Cullison at Best’s apartment on Birch Park Circle.
Longley pleaded not guilty to break and enter, malicious damage and disorderly conduct after showing up to the apartment with a hammer and allegedly smashing a window and tearing a screen in an attempt to get inside.
In the arrest report, police said they broke up a fight between Longley and Cullison outside the apartment as a dozen neighbors watched.
His release in this case was revoked following his indictment of murder.
Earlier last year, Cullison was living with Best and Longley in the Birch Park Circle apartment, his uncle, Robert Larock, told police investigating the stabbing.
“David and Christen had moved in with Jen for a short while; I guess David and Christen fell out and David and Jennifer got together,” said Larock, who also lives at 21 Chester St., according to a police report. .
During the raid last week, Larock was arrested after police discovered he was wanted on two warrants.
Bail information for Larock and Berthiaume was not available on Tuesday.