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Crime Man who allegedly murdered mother, grandparents and caregiver in Groton due in court

21:55  11 april  2018
21:55  11 april  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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WOBURN — The man accused of murdering his mother , his grandparents , and their caregiver in his grandparents ’ Groton home in September is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex District Court on four counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday. Orion Krause, 23, allegedly killed his mother

AYER — A 22-year-old Maine man accused of murdering his mother , his grandparents and a family caretaker in a domestic violence incident in Groton was held without bail and committed to a state hospital for a competency evaluation following a brief arraignment Monday.

Orion Krause during a competency hearing in Ayer District Court in October. © Robert Mills/The Lowell Sun via AP/file Orion Krause during a competency hearing in Ayer District Court in October. WOBURN — The man accused of murdering his mother, his grandparents, and their caregiver in his grandparents’ Groton home in September is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex District Court on four counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday.

Orion Krause, 23, allegedly killed his mother, Elizabeth Krause; her parents, F. Danby Lackey lll, 89, and Elizabeth Lackey, 85; and Bertha Mae Parker, 68, the caretaker who looked after the Lackeys. Parker’s body was found outside the home in a flower bed; the bodies of Krause’s relatives were found inside the home.

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The woman, who appeared in court via video link, said she McFadden earlier said the mother and daughter had been arguing before it turned violent and neighbours raised the alarm. Sydney man charged with murdering his elderly parents . David Reid is due to face Sutherland local court

Krause twice told a former professor at Oberlin College that he intended to kill his mother, a threat Maine authorities passed on to Groton police last Sept. 8, the Globe has reported. However, the Massachusetts department was alerted about 45 minutes after Krause allegedly killed the four people.

Groton police responded to the Common Street area around 5:52 p.m. that day, records show, after a neighbor alerted police that Krause was at his home, was naked and was splattered with blood, the Globe has reported. He allegedly admitted murdering his relatives with a baseball bat.

Krause was arrested at the house and appeared in Ayer District Court where he pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. He has since been declared competent to stand trial in district court.

One day before he allegedly killed his mother, Elizabeth Krause reached out to Maine authorities for help in locating her son, who she feared was suicidal.

He faces a maximum of four life sentences without the possibility of parole if convicted of first degree murder for each death.

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