NORTH ADAMS — A city man has been charged with murder after his young wife died early this morning at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where she had been hospitalized since being assaulted last week.
Eugene A. Shade Jr., 34, of Edgewood Avenue, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder when he was arraigned this afternoon in Northern Berkshire District Court before Judge Michael Ripps, according to the district attorney's office.
Julie Shade, 22, was taken to BMC on Tuesday, July 22, after Shade allegedly tried to strangle her at their Edgewood home. She had remained in critical condition since being admitted.
Eugene Shade was arraigned last week on one count of attempted murder and one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault and battery. He pleaded not guilty and was being held on $250,000 bail in the Berkshire County House of Correction.
Ripps ordered Shade continue to be held at the jail without bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Sept. 8. The case is likely to be moved to Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield.
The Shades have two daughters, ages 1 and 3; they are reportedly in the custody of the Department of Social Services.
The investigation is being conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office.
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Julie Ann has been robbed of ever seeing the girls first day of school, sweet 16's, graduation's, marriages. She'll never have the joys of being an aunt or a grandmother. Her father and I want Eugene to live forver to hurt the way we do. Death is the easy way out. I have always thought of Julie Ann as if she were my own and my heart goes out to those two beautiful girls who have been robbed of thier mother.