|North Adams Woman Arrested in Grandmother's Murder|
|01:14PM / Saturday, November 05, 2022|
|Authorities were at the scene until late Thursday investigating the death of Doris Cote.|
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— A 26-year-old city woman has been arrested in the murder of grandmother.
Police arrested Kelsie Cote on Friday evening in the death of 74-year-old Doris Cote of Church Street.
Authorities had initially described the incident as an "unattended death" but had declined to provide further information. Police had been at Cote's home Wednesday and Thursday, finally leaving late Thursday afternoon.
It had been rumored Cote's body had been found by a granddaughter.
Kelsie Cote is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on charges of murder, assault with intent to murder, and destruction of evidence.
According to the District Attorney's Office, North Adams Police responded to a 911 call on Tuesday from a relative of Doris Cote reporting finding her deceased inside her Church Street home, where Cote had lived with her late husband for nearly 50 years. Her husband, Ray, died in February.
The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney's Office and the North Adams Police established probable cause that Kelsie Cote murdered her grandmother on the evening of Oct. 31 and attempted to destroy evidence of the crime.
"I send my heartfelt condolences to Doris Cote's family and friends for their tragic loss, and I thank the North Adams Police and the Massachusetts State Police for their work on this investigation," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
Additionally, the State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police chemists, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene.