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Suspect Accused of Killing 4 With Baseball Bat Plans Insanity Defense

Attorneys for a Maine man charged with using a baseball bat to beat his mother, his grandparents and his grandparents' caretaker to death in Massachusetts say they plan an insanity defense.

Edward Wayland, an attorney for 23-year-old Orion Krause, notified the prosecution at a hearing Thursday in Lowell Superior Court he intended to pursue a lack of criminal responsibility due to mental disease or defect defense based on a mental health evaluation of Krause. Krause did not attend.

The Rockport, Maine, man is charged with killing the victims in his grandparents' Groton, Massachusetts, home in September 2017.

He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to four counts of murder.

The prosecution is conducting its own evaluation of Krause.

The next court date for the case in April 22.

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