Corinna Frazier hopes demolishing the house at 1027 W. 10th St., in Medford will help the neighborhood and community move on from the nightmare that exploded there six months ago.
The former residence of Jordan Criado — and the family he is accused of murdering July 18, 2011 — will soon be gone.
Frazier and her husband, James, own the house where Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children between the ages of 2 and 7 were killed.
"Our intention was to demolish the house from the time that this occurred," Frazier said. "We did not feel that trying to salvage or fix the house was in the best interest of the family or the community."
Criado, 51, is being held without bail in the Jackson County Jail, charged with multiple counts of murder, aggravated murder, manslaughter and arson. Judge Lorenzo Mejia entered a not guilty plea for Criado in December when Criado was "unable" to enter a plea on his own. A trial date is expected to be set by March 5.
The Fraziers applied for a demolition permit in mid-December, city records show. The application came after insurance, police and fire investigations on the house concluded.
"As soon as the house was released to us by our insurance company, we applied for the demolition permit," Frazier said.
Half a roof remains on the house, and the walls have been stripped clean. Family belongings have been in storage for more than two months.
"It's down to bare studs inside," Frazier said.
The Criados moved into the residence in November of 2010, Frazier said, renters who said they wished to eventually purchase the property. She said she remembers watching the children play.
"It's very sad to see their dreams gone and know why they're gone," Frazier said. "None of us can know what happened in that house. Speculation is pointless, but basically to see the dreams of an entire family are gone. It's very, very sad."
Donations are being accepted for a fund set up at Chase Bank, which will be used to transport belongings in storage to Paige-Criado's family members in California. The family does not have the money to ship them.
An anonymous party has volunteered to make the trip, but the fund is meant to cover fuel costs.
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