Most of the impounded police reports related to the quadruple murder allegedly at the hands of 22-year-old Rockport native Orion Krause might be made public, but not yet, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Wednesday.
Ayer District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman on Sept. 20 ruled that “only certain aspects of the police report would remain impounded,” Krause’s attorney Edward W. Wayland confirmed in an email Wednesday afternoon.
Guzman decided that only certain aspects of the police reports remain impounded, but granted Wayland a stay of her decision so that he may seek appellate review during the next 30 days, Wayland said.
The police reports were ordered to be impounded by Guzman following the brutal Sept. 8 incident on Common Street in Groton, Massachusetts, after which Krause, blood- and mud-splattered, allegedly admitted to a neighbor that he had just “ murdered four people.”
Police later discovered the bodies of Krause’s mother, grandparents and their caregiver.
Krause was charged the following Monday with four counts of murder in the beating deaths of his mother, Elizabeth “Buffy” Krause, 60; her parents, Elizabeth “Esu” Lackey, 85, and her husband, Frank Danby “Dan” Lackey III, 89; and their home health aide, Bertha Mae Parker, 68, at the Lackeys’ home.
The Boston Globe and the Lowell Sun challenged the impoundment of the police reports in district court Sept. 20, arguing that the public is entitled to view the documents, being that they are public records.
Wayland argued for the reports to remain impounded as the case goes to trial.
“Some of the details about the crime are disturbing and the defense does not want it to prejudice people who might be jurors someday,” Wayland said in his email after the hearing.
“The defense opposed release because the police reports contain allegations and details that might be the subject of motions to suppress later,” he said.
“On top of all of that, there is a privacy concern on the part of the family,” he continued. “There are details about the crime that they are not ready to hear about and that they would rather not see distributed to the public.”