MEDFORD, Ore. — Jordan Criado is scheduled to change his plea Tuesday afternoon. Criado is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder, for the deaths of his wife and children in July 2011.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office said on Monday that Criado is scheduled to change his plea in court on Tuesday. In July 2011, police said Criado stabbed and killed his wife Tabasha, and four children Isaac, Elijah, Andrew and Aurora, then set fire to their Medford home. Criado survived that fire and spent a week unresponsive in the hospital.
His last court appearance was December 2011; at that time, his attorney said Criado was unable to enter a plea, so Judge Lorenzo Mejia entered a plea of not guilty for Criado. His case was set to go to trial later this year.
The D.A.’s office says it cannot cannot comment on what Criado is changing the plea to or how it affects the case. D.A. Beth Heckert said they cannot comment until after the proceedings on Tuesday. The case had gone through several extensions so that Criado’s attorneys could look over the evidence.
The charges of aggravated murder carried the possibility of the death penalty, but we have to wait until Tuesday how the case will change moving forward.