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North Adams Man Pleads Not Guilty to Slaying

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A North Adams man charged with killing his elderly neighbor and stealing her car has been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty at his Superior Court arraignment.

David Delratez was arraigned Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court on charges including first-degree murder and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Prosecutors say the 41-year-old Delratez beat and stabbed 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli inside her own home on Sept. 17, then fled in her car. He was arrested two days later in Bennington, Vt.

Delratez has denied killing the woman. He says he was called to the home by a drug dealer he knows, and when he got there, DePaoli was already wounded. He said he forced to drive her car to New York and Vermont.

His next court date is April 30.

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