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.

The suspect, Orion Krause of Rockport, Maine, was arraigned in Ayer District Court Monday on four counts of murder. He was arrested Friday after four people -- an elderly couple and two middle-aged women -- were found dead at a house at 80 Common St. in Groton. Officials have not yet released the victims' identities.

Judge Margaret Guzman ordered Krause held without bail Monday and committed to Bridgewater State Hospital, where he will undergo a competency evaluation.

Krause appeared in the courtroom wearing a blue T-shirt during the brief arraignment. Several family members were present in the courtroom as well before being escorted out by police.

Few details were revealed during the arraignment, and the police report regarding the Friday incident was impounded. Police previously said the victims appeared to die of blunt-force trauma in what appeared to be "tragic family violence."

During a press conference at the Groton Police Station following the arraignment, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan identified the victims as Frank Lackey III and Elizabeth Lackey, Krause's grandparents; his mother Elizabeth "Buffy" Krause and caretaker Bertha Parker.

Ryan said the alleged murder weapon was a baseball bat.


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She provided details on what happened Thursday and Friday leading up to the murder. On Thursday, he want to the Greater Boston area and called his mother. She went to pick him up in Boston, and upon returning to Maine Friday they stopped in Groton.

The incident rocked the town of Groton, which had not had a murder in more than 20 years.

Wagner Alcocer, a neighbor to the property on Common Street, said a naked and bloodied Krause came into his yard to ask for help Friday night.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan meets with the media to talk about 4 murders in Groton. She is flanked by Groton Police Chief Donald Palma.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan meets with the media to talk about 4 murders in Groton. She is flanked by Groton Police Chief Donald Palma. SUN/JOHN LOVE
When Alcocer opened the door, he said, Krause said that he had "murdered four people."

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