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Charges in murder of North Adams woman
NORTH ADAMS -- Police have charged a North Adams man with the murder of an 84-year-old woman.Prosecutors say David Delratez killed Ellen Depaoli inside her Walker Street home Tuesday night. Officers found her body after responding to a 911 call. An autopsy has been performed, but investigators have not said how Depaoli died.
Charges came 24 hours after North Adams Police and Berkshire County Sheriff's descended on Bennington, Vermont. Investigators found Depaoli's stolen car and arrested Delratez after after a foot chase.
"It was through the coordinated efforts of multiple police agencies that we were able to make this arrest, said Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless. "Great appreciation is due to the many investigators who worked tirelessly in this case, some several days with little or no sleep."
Delratez voluntarily agreed to return to North Adams and is being held at the Berkshire House of Correction. He will be arraigned Monday morning at Northern Berkshire District Court.