Lawyer Employs Insanity Defense in Orion Krause Quadruple Murder Case

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Yesterday, defense attorney, Edward Wayland informed reporters that he would utilize the insanity defense for his 23-year-old client, Orion Krause.

On September 8th, 2017, officials in Groton, Massachusetts were called by multiple people to report troubling statements that had been made by Krause. One of the callers, Jamey Haddad, a professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, informed authorities that Krause was a former student of his. He stated that Krause had given him a call, telling him that he had “done something bad,” explaining that he had stolen money and his mom’s car. He then told Haddad, “I think I have to kill my mom.”

Later that day, Krause’s mother, Elizabeth Krause, his grandparents, Frank and Elizabeth Lackey, and his grandparents’ caretaker, Bertha Mae Parker, were all found bludgeoned to death at a home in Groton.

Shortly after the killings, Orion was reported to authorities by his grandparents’ neighbor, who told them that Krause had showed up on his porch completely naked and covered in both blood and mud, telling him, “I murdered 4 people,” and claiming that he needed his medication. Upon his arrest, Krause told officials, “I freed them.” While he was in custody at a psychiatric facility, Krause reportedly began to sing after telling police about the murders, and informed a nurse that he was a heroin user.

It was later reported that on September 7th, 2017, the day before the murders, Elizabeth Krause called police saying that Orion had threatened to end his own life and sped off without telling his family where he was going. The next day, Krause and his mother had reunited and decided to go to his grandparents’ home. It was there that Krause used a baseball bat to kill all 4 people in the house.

Despite disclosing that his client would plead not guilty by reason of insanity, Wayland refrained from informing reporters the mental illness that psychiatric professionals had diagnosed Krause with.

Krause will be held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital, a Massachusetts psychiatric facility for the criminally insane that is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction. He is scheduled for another court hearing next month.

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