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For three weeks, 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado sat in a hospital bed, recovering from severe smoke inhalation.

Prosecutors say the smoke in Criado's lungs came

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Jordan Adam Criado, Oregon Dad, Charged With Murdering Wife, Four Children and Burning Down House

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For three weeks, 51-year-old Jordan Adam Criado sat in a hospital bed, recovering from severe smoke inhalation.

Prosecutors say the smoke in Criado's lungs came from his own burning home--a home he allegedly murdered his wife and four children in before setting it ablaze.

The AP reports that on Friday, when Criado was finally well enough to be wheeled before a judge, he spoke with barely a whisper and entered no plea.

His hair disheveled and his eyes cast downward, Criado asked in a barely audible voice to have an attorney and to speak to his pastor.

Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia, who ordered him held without bail, said an attorney would be appointed who is specially qualified to handle aggravated murder cases. The judge noted the charge can be punished by death by lethal injection.

Criado is accused of stabbing his wife Tabasha Paige-Criado in the neck and abdomen, then stabbing at least two of the couple's four children to death, before setting their house on fire, killing the remaining two kids and nearly himself in the process.

The children: Elijah, Isaac, Andrew, and Aurora, were aged 2 to 7.

A Facebook page set up in memory of the victims has this cut from the Medford Mail Tribune.

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Criado, a convicted sex offender, had apparently met his wife at a community college in Bakersfield, Calif., and she married him despite knowing he'd been jailed for sexually abusing three girls.

The couple had moved to Oregon to escape Tabasha's family, who for some reason didn't like her new husband.

Criado faces four counts of felony murder, four counts of manslaughter, four counts of arson, and 24 counts of aggravated murder, depending on which murder scenario is agreed upon by investigators.

Prosecutors are still deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty.

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