Adams man pleads not guilty in killing of New York woman in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD — An Adams man faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison after his arraignment Tuesday in the August shooting death of a New York woman.

Tyler Sumner, 25, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John Agostini and entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of murder. He is accused of fatally shooting Stephanie Olivieri, 32, of Yonkers, N.Y.

Sumner, who is represented by Danvers attorney John Maclachlan, also entered not guilty pleas to two counts of committing a firearms violation with three previous violent or drug crime convictions, and one count each of armed assault with intent to murder and carrying a loaded firearm without a license.

He was ordered held without the right to bail.

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington, who handled the arraignment, said DNA evidence is involved in the case but didn't elaborate on what role it might play.

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Olivieri was shot once while sitting in a sedan on Columbus Avenue during the early morning hours of Aug 25. Police officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation and several 911 calls found her wounded inside the car.

Olivieri, formerly of Becket, later died at Berkshire Medical Center. Investigators do not believe she was the intended target of the shooting.

Sumner was arrested in late September, on a warrant, and arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court.

His case was submitted to a Berkshire grand jury, which handed down an indictment in late January. A status hearing in Sumner's case was set for April 1.

If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bob Dunn can be reached at, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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