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North Adams man charged with murder in 84-year-old woman's death

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) - A 41-year-old North Adams man has been charged with murder in the death of an elderly woman found slain in her home.

Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said Friday night that David Delratez was arrested on murder and car theft charges in the death of 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli.

Delratez was arrested Thursday in Bennington, Vt., driving DePaoli's car. He appeared in court there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant for probation violation in a prior assault. He agreed to come back to Massachusetts and was formally charged with DePaoli's death on his return.

Delratez is held without bail and will be arraigned Monday in district court in North Adams. It was not known Friday night if he has an attorney.

DePaoli was found dead in her North Adams home Tuesday night.

Authorities haven't released a cause of death.
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