- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A homeless Pittsfield man has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man found unconscious in an apartment above the city’s YMCA.

The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/2d14ZM9 ) reports that 27-year-old Brian Signor was held on $250,000 bail after the plea was entered on his behalf.

Signor had originally been charged with assault and battery in the death of 44-year-old Joseph Wirtes.

Police found Wirtes bleeding and unconscious in his apartment above the Y on Sept. 18. He died at the hospital. An autopsy determined he died from blunt trauma.

A woman who called police said she, Wirtes, and Signor had been drinking in the room earlier. Police say Signor told investigators he was involved in an altercation with Wirtes.

His attorney agreed to the bail amount.


This story has been corrected to clarify that the victim’s living quarters were above the YMCA, not at the YMCA.


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

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