Homeless man charged in deadly beating at Pittsfield YMCA

Brian Signor charged with assault and battery, more charges possible

Pittsfield police booking photo of Brian Signor

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Pittsfield police continue to investigate the death of a man who was found bleeding and unconscious in his apartment at the city’s YMCA.

A homeless man is facing an assault and battery charge in connection with the death of 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes, but prosecutors say charges could be upgraded pending autopsy results.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that police responding to a call found Wirtes in his room at the Y at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. He died at the hospital.

The woman who called police said she, Wirtes, and 27-year-old Brian Signor had been drinking in the room earlier.

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Signor was held on $50,000 bail after a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf in court Monday.

His lawyer sought lower bail, saying her client could live with family.

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

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