For Immediate Release - September 20, 2013

Delratez charged with the murder of a North Adams woman

A North Adams man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of an elderly woman.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless says Investigators arrested 41 year old DAVID A. DELRATEZ (512 Walker Street) this evening and charged him with one (1) count of MURDER and one (1) count of LARCENY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE.  He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.  DELRATEZ will be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court, in North Adams, on Monday morning. 

DELRATEZ was arrested Thursday afternoon in Bennington, Vermont on a Violation of Probation warrant out of Northern Berkshire District Court.  He was arraigned as a Fugitive From Justice in Bennington, Vermont and voluntarily agreed to return to Massachusetts.  Upon being brought back to the Commonwealth, DELRATEZ was arrested and formally charged with the murder of 84 year old ELLEN DEPAOLI whose body was found inside her 409 Walker Street home Tuesday evening.

D.A. Capeless had nothing but praise for those involved in this investigation.  “Great appreciation is due to the many investigators who worked tirelessly in this case, some several days with little or no sleep.  It was through the coordinated efforts of multiple police agencies that we were able to make this arrest.”     

The investigation is being conducted by the North Adams Police Department, State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, Officers from the Pittsfield Police Department and Deputies from the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.