North Adams man faces charges in slaying of elderly woman

A 41-year-old North Adams man is being held without bail today after pleading not guilty to murdering an elderly woman last week in her home, prosecutors said.

David Delratez was charged with one count of murder and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle in the Sept. 17 slaying of Ellen Depaoli, 84, of North Adams, who was found dead in her Walker Street home.

Delratez was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court today and is due back in court on Oct. 25, the Berkshire district attorney’s office said in a statement.

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Delratez was arrested Thursday afternoon in Bennington, Vt., where the victim’s 2005 Ford Taurus was found.

Delratez was in violation of a probation warrant from Northern Berkshire District Court. He was arraigned Friday in Bennington as a fugitive from justice and voluntarily agreed to return to Massachusetts for today’s arraignment.

“Great appreciation is due to the many investigators who worked tirelessly in this case, some several days with little or no sleep,” said District Attorney David F. Capeless. “It was through the coordinated efforts of multiple police agencies that we were able to make this arrest.”

Delratez also had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for a charge of breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor and malicious destruction of property under $250 in connection with a Sept. 13 incident in Clarksburg, a town adjacent to North Adams, prosecutors said.

He also pleaded not guilty to use of a motor vehicle without authority in an incident in Clarksburg on Sept. 17, prosecutors said. The statement didn’t say whether that incident had any connection with the murder.

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