NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (WWLP) - A man accused of beating and stabbing an elderly woman to death at her North Adams home has been ordered held without bail.
David A. Delratez, 41, of North Adams, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday morning at Northern Berkshire District Court. He faces a murder charge for the killing of Ellen DePaoli.
Last Tuesday night, police found the 84 year-old woman dead inside her Walker Street home. Police say she had been suffering from numerous stab wounds to her body, and bruising and swelling to her face.
For several days, officials were searching for a suspect and DePaoli's missing 2005 blue Ford Taurus. On Friday, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said 41 year-old David Delratez was arrested in Bennington, Vermont--which is where police found the victim's car. Inside the car, police allegedly found a knife which may have been used in DePaoli's killing.
Court documents say that police were able to track Delratez down after he used his cell phone in Vermont.
The District Attorney's office still has not released the autopsy results on DePaoli's body. No motive has been disclosed, but according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Delratez and DePaoli were neighbors and he frequently visited her home.
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In court Monday, Delratez was also arraigned on charges of breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property, in connection with an incident in nearby Clarksburg on Friday, September 13. A different incident in Clarksburg the same day that DePaoli’s body was found resulted in a charge of use of a motor vehicle without authority.
Delratez is due back in court on October 25.