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 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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