Suspect in 4 slayings in Massachusetts pleads not guilty

In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, photo, police officers take Orion Krause, covered in a white sheet, to a police vehicle in Groton, Mass. The 22-year-old recent Oberlin College graduate and jazz drummer from Maine will face murder charges Monday in the slayings of four adults found at a Massachusetts home. (Courtesy via AP)

AYER, Mass. (AP) — A not-guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a recent college graduate charged in the slayings of four people in a Massachusetts home.

Twenty-two-year-old Orion Krause, of Rockport, Maine, was ordered held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing at his arraignment on murder charges Monday in Ayer.

An elderly man and woman and two middle-aged women were killed Friday in Groton. No names have been released.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the victims appeared to have died of blunt force trauma. She called the situation “a tragic incident of family violence.” It’s unclear how Krause is related to the victims.

Krause is an Oberlin College graduate and jazz drummer. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.

Orion Krause right, stands with his attorney Edward Wayland at Krause’s arraignment in Ayer District Court in Ayer, Mass., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Krause, of Rockport, Maine, was ordered held without bail at Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing at his arraignment on murder charges Monday in Ayer. (Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

 

Statement on Groton Quadruple Homicide from Middlesex DA

For Immediate Release September 9, 2017

GROTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Groton Chief of Police Donald Palma Jr. have confirmed that a homicide investigation into the deaths of four individuals at a residence on Common Street in Groton is underway. A suspect, a 22-year-old male, is in custody in connection with this incident and has been identified as Orion Krause. Krause will be charged with four counts of murder.

On September 8, 2017, at approximately 5:52 p.m., Groton Police responded to a report of a person in need of assistance on Common Street. Upon arrival, investigators gathered information which led them to a second residence on Common Street. There they located four deceased individuals; an elderly male and female as well as two middle-aged women. Three of the bodies were found inside of the house and one was found outside.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the cause of death of all of the decedents was blunt force trauma. It is believed that all parties were known to each other and that this is a tragic incident of family violence.

This is an open and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Groton Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. No further information will be released pending official identification by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and notification of next of kin.

This does not appear to be a random incident and there is no present danger to the public.