COUNCIL CHRONICLE – On Wednesday, 23-year-old Orion Krause, a Maine jazz musician, pleaded not guilty before a Massachusetts court for the bludgeoning deaths of his grandparents, their health aide, and his mother. Various news outlets reported that the suspect showed no sign of distress when the prosecution offered details about his grandparents’ death but appeared to be affected when his mother’s name came up.
Maine Jazz Musician Showed Up Naked and Dirty at Neighbor’s House
Orion Krause, a jazz musician and Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate, is accused of using a baseball bat to kill 60-year-old Elizabeth Krause, his mother, Frank Danby Lackey III (89) and Elizabeth Lackey (85), his grandparents and another 68-year-old woman, later identified by the authorities as Bertha Mae Parker, his grandparents’ health aide.
The court documents reveal that the incident, which occurred on the 8th of September 2017, might have been triggered by Krause’s alleged mental condition. Prosecution also proves that before committing the atrocious act, Krause reportedly called one of his teachers and told him that he needs to kill all the people he’s living with.
Based on the suspect’s testimony, on that night, the Maine jazz musician lured the family to the nearby woods, where he used a baseball bat to beat them to death.
Wagner Alcocer, Krause’s neighbor, was at home when he heard a knock on the door. When he opened it, Alcocer saw Krause naked, covered in what appeared to be dirt, and blood on his hands. At first, the man slammed the door but later decided to come out and talk to the visibly disorientate man.
Krause told him that he had killed four people. Alcocer called the authorities who took Krause into custody. The bodies were found later that day. Krause’s grandparents’ bodies were placed on chairs in the kitchen, while his mother’s body was found in a flowerbed outside the house.
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