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Not-guilty pleas entered on behalf of man accused of killing his family

A Jackson County Circuit Court judge entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of a Medford man accused of killing his wife and four children in July.

Jordan Adam Criado was "unable" to enter a plea in court this morning, his attorney said, so Judge Lorenzo Mejia entered the plea for him.

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

After his initial arraignment in August, Criado and his court-appointed defense team of Duane McCabe and Geoffrey Gokey, both based in Central Oregon, have requested two delays in entering a plea.

Appearing via a video link to the Jackson County Jail, Criado sat hunched over, his hair and growing beard in disarray. He didn't speak, but nodded when asked if he could hear the proceedings in the courtroom.

Mejia set the next court deadline for March 5.

— Sanne Specht