Posted at: 09/20/2013 12:01 PM
| Updated at: 09/20/2013 9:27 PM
By: WNYT Staff / Dan Bazile
Bennington, Vt. - A North Adams man is accused of murdering an 84-year-old woman.
The Berkshire County District Attorney's office officially announced the arrest of David Delratez, Friday evening.
Delratez is accused of murdering 84-year-old Ellen Depaoli at her Walker St. home, earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, Delratez appeared in court in Bennington for a parole violation.
“He's on probation for two felonies and a misdemeanor, assault and battery, assault with a deadly weapon are the two felonies he's on probation for,” said Erica Marthage, Bennington County State’s Attorney.
But Delratez may be in for a whole lot more when he goes back to North Adams. That could be at any moment because he waved his extradition hearing.
“The court has given the state of Mass seven days to come get him. It's my expectation he'll be going back to Massachusetts well before that time,” said Marthage.
Court papers show North Adams police contacted Bennington Police to give them the heads up on Delratez and that he may have been driving a 2005 blue Ford Taurus. That car belonged to 84-year-old Ellen Depaoli.
The elderly woman was found dead in her home on Walker Street in North Adams on Tuesday night. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Her car disappeared from her residence.
Bennington Police say they developed information and found the car on Valentine Street directly across the apartment building where they say the suspect might have been staying with a friend.
“There was a general location given to us. We knew where that was. We started talking to some people and located him on the street,” said David Rowland, a Detective Sergeant with Bennington Police.