Posted at: 10/23/2013 9:12 AM
| Updated at: 10/23/2013 4:31 PM
By: WNYT Staff
PITTSFIELD – A North Adams man pleaded not guilty on murder charges Wednesday.
David Delratez, 41, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court.
Delratez is accused of murdering 84 year old Ellen DePaoli in her home in September.
Delratez lived just down the street from DePaoli in North Adams.
He was apparently friends with her son and often slept over their house.
Last month, police say Delratez beat and stabbed the elderly woman inside her home and then stole her car.
Delratez was arrested two days later in Bennington, Vermont after the victim's car was spotted in a neighborhood there.
He denies the charges, he allegedly said he was in that area because a drug dealer called him.