The man accused of killing an elderly woman at her home in North Adams last month pleads not guilty at his arraignment. Megan Cruz has the latest from court in Pittsfield.
PITTSFIELD, MA-- The man accused of killing an elderly woman at her home in North Adams last month pleaded not guilty today.
David Delratez, 41, had already been arraigned last month in Northern Berkshire District Court, but a grand jury was convened and he's now facing the same charges, first-degree murder and larceny, in Berkshire Supreme Court.
Delratez is accused of killing Ellen DePaoli, 84, in her North Adams home. Police say he's a friend of DePaoli's son and would often visit him at the home.
After the alleged incident, detectives used Delratez's cell phone GPS to track him to Bennington, Vermont, where he was caught three days later.
Police say Delratez was found with DePaoli's missing 2005 Ford Taurus and a knife that they say matched the stab wounds on the woman's body. Court papers say when he was arrested, Delratez said, "I loved that woman. I hurt that old woman."
Police also say this isn't Delratez's first time in trouble with the law. In unrelated cases, he's also facing a breaking and entering charge, destruction of property, and using someone else's motor vehicle without permission.