WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — The lawyer for a Maine man charged with beating his mother, his grandparents and his grandparents’ caretaker to death with a baseball bat in Massachusetts says he will likely pursue an insanity defense.

Orion Krause was held without bail at a mental health facility after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Middlesex Superior Court to four counts of murder. He has been ruled competent for trial.

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Orion Krause in Ayer District Court, Sept. 11, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

His lawyer, Edward Wayland, said after the proceedings that “I think mental illness will be the explanation for this event.”

Krause, of Rockport, Maine, and a 2017 graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, is charged with killing the victims in his grandparents Groton, Massachusetts, home last September.

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Police take Orion Krause into custody outside a home in Groton, Sept. 8, 2017. (Courtesy Photo)

The victims have been identified as Elizabeth Krause, Frank Darby Lackey III, Elizabeth Lackey, and Bertha Mae Parker.

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