Posted at: 09/23/2013 9:49 AM
Updated at: 09/23/2013 6:47 PM
By: Kumi Tucker
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The man accused to beating and stabbing an elderly North Adams woman has pleaded not guilty.
David Delratez of North Adams was arraigned Monday morning. The 41-year-old man is accused of murder and stealing a car.
Court papers show that police say he had visited 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli’s house on more than one occasion and had recently taken her son's RV without permission.
A woman showed up Monday morning to support Delratez, yelling, “I love you David!” as he was being led away.
DePaoli’s body was found inside her walker street home Tuesday evening. Delratez also lives on Walker Street, police estimate about 200 yards from her home.
He was arrested Thursday afternoon in Bennington, Vt. and arraigned there Friday as a fugitive from justice. Authorities say he was driving the victim's car.
Court papers show that police say they found a knife in the stolen car that could have been used in the fatal stabbing.
Police also say they found the elderly woman with a number of stab wounds to the body as well as bruising and swelling to the face.
According to papers filed with the court, police were able to track him down when he used a cell phone in Bennington.
Police say they told investigators that he visited DePaoli's home often, had dinner with her in her house and even stayed overnight sometimes.
Court records show investigators say Delratez told them he and James DePaoli, the victim's son, robbed at least 10 drug dealers. He claimed other people were in the house with the victim and he walked in and found her on the floor, already injured.
Police say Delratez told police when they were taking handcuffs off him in Bennington, “I loved that old woman. I hurt that old woman. I could see it in her eyes.”
He is being held without bail and will be back in court next month.