Suspect in North Adams slaying fights DNA request

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A North Adams man charged with killing his elderly neighbor is fighting the prosecution’s request that he provide a DNA sample.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old David Delratez beat and stabbed 84-year-old Ellen DePaoli inside her own home on Sept. 17, then fled to Vermont in her car.

The Berkshire district attorney’s office wants Delratez to submit to a cheek swabbing to allow for DNA comparison as part of the investigation.

The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/1qazFhf) reports that Delratez’s lawyer, Nathaniel Green, argued in court Thursday that prosecutors hadn’t met their burden in showing sufficient evidence that his client’s DNA was needed to aid in the investigation.

The judge did not immediately rule.

Delratez has said a drug dealer he knows killed the woman.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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