The man accused of killing an 84-year-old woman plead not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more details from newly released court documents.
NORTH ADAMS, Ma. -- "He has family members that are affected by this, too, and everyone else needs to realize that," said Tracy Jackson, sister of David Delratez.
Delratez was charged with killing and stealing the car of someone who prosecutors say he knew quite well. Police found Ellen Depaoli, 84, beaten and stabbed to death in her home on 409 Walker Street on Tuesday.
"I feel bad for that old lady. I feel bad for anyone that died. But, they need to realize, he's innocent until proven guilty," said Jackson.
Police considered Delratez a person of interest early on in the investigation. According to prosecutors, Delratez was a neighbor and visited Depaoli multiple times. They said he often had dinner with her in her home and even stayed overnight.
Court documents show that there was no signed of forced entry on the night Depaoli died.
Last Thursday, the Bennington Police Department arrested Delratez. Police tracked him using cellphone GPS. They also found Depaoli's missing car. Inside the car, police found a knife. Prosecutors believed the knife was consistent with the weapon used to stab Depaoli.
According to the court documents, as police were removing Delratez's handcuffs, he said, "I loved that woman. I hurt that old woman. I could see it in her eyes."
Delratez is scheduled to appear in Northern Berkshire District Court next month for a hearing. He is being held without bail.