Multiple murder suspect granted plea continuance

The man accused of killing his wife and four children will have until December to enter his initial plea.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia granted a continuation in Jordan Adam Criado's aggravated murder case Thursday morning. His next hearing is set for Dec. 13.

Criado, 51, has been charged with 24 counts of aggravated murder and four counts each of murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree arson. He was arraigned on the charges Aug. 12.

Criado is accused of killing his 30-year-old wife, Tabasha Paige-Criado, and children Elijah, 7, Isaac, 6, Andrew, 5, and Aurora, 2, and lighting their Medford home on fire on July 18.

Criado's court-appointed defense team of Duane McCabe and Geoffrey Gokey, both based in Central Oregon, requested the continuance, Jackson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert in a news release after the hearing.

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