PITTSFIELD — A third man believed to be associated with the August shooting of a teenager in October Mountain State Forest has been charged in connection with the case.
Daquan Douglas, 24, is being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for next week in Westfield.
Douglas, Louis Delvalle-Rodriguez, 23, and Kevin Nieves, 19, all of Pittsfield, are accused in the alleged kidnapping, assault and shooting of a 19-year-old man Aug. 21 near the Ashley Reservoir in Washington. The victim, who has not been identified, was shot three times.
Few details of the incident are known as police reporters in the cases remain impounded until at least Sept. 25.
Douglas pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of armed assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness, according to court documents.
Judge Jacklyn Connly ordered that Douglas be held without bail at Berkshire County House of Correction until his dangerousness hearing Monday in Westfield District Court.
A dangerousness hearing is used to determine whether a defendant is considered a danger to the community or himself, and enables a judge to order the defendant to be held for up to 120 days before trial.
All three cases will be heard in Westfield because of unspecified conflicts of interest among the Berkshire County legal community. Connly also transferred Douglas' open drug conspiracy case to Westfield for the same reason.
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