A hearing for 25-year-old Orion Krause of Rockport, who is accused of the September 2017 murders of four people, has been postponed until August.
The Courier-Gazette reported that a hearing for Krause had been scheduled for June 15, but was postponed because the Middlesex County Superior Court in Lowell, Mass., where it was to be held, was closed and the case got passed over in the court in Woburn. The closure of courts to the COVID-19 outbreak delayed proceedings in Massachusetts. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 24.
Krause, who has been in custody since his arrest, is accused of using a baseball bat to beat his mother, Elizabeth “Buffy” Krause, 60; her parents, Elizabeth “Esu” Lackey, 85, and Frank Danby “Dan” Lackey III, 89; as well as their home health aide, Bertha Mae Parker, 68, to death at the Lackeys’ house in Groton, Massachusetts.
Police found the bodies of Krause’s mother and grandparents sitting in chairs in the kitchen. Parker’s body was found in a flower bed, according to police reports. Krause allegedly told investigators he “freed them.”
On the night of the killings, Krause also allegedly called a former professor and said, “I think I have to kill my mom.”
In October 2017, Krause was found competent to stand trial. But a mental health expert hired by the defense who examined Krause prior to trial found that the cause of the homicides was mental illness.