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Facts of the case against Jordan Criado

Facts of the case against Jordan Criado

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Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert released this account of the facts in the case against Jordan Criado, who admitted that evidence would show he killed his wife and four children on July 18, 2011.
Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert released this account of the facts in the case against Jordan Criado, who admitted that evidence would show he killed his wife and four children on July 18, 2011.

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District Attorney
Criminal
Beth Heckert
 District Attorney
715 W. 10thMedford, OR 97501Phone: 541 608-2905Fax: 541 608-2982heckerbe@jacksoncounty.orgTTY: (541) 774-8186www.jacksoncounty.org
Press Release for Immediate Release
April 15, 20131:30 pm
Jordan Adam Criado was sentenced today on 5 counts of Aggravated Murder and 1 count of Arson inthe First Degree. Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Criado to Life without the possibility of release or  parole on the Aggravated Murder counts and to 90 months consecutive to the Arson in the First Degreecount. The Judge said at the time of the plea that the evidence was overwhelming that Criado hadcommitted these crimes.This case was investigated by the Medford Police Department with the assistance of the MADU (Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit). The reports and interviews were extensive, as well as theanalysis performed by the Oregon State Police crime lab.District Attorney Beth Heckert said that
in a homicide investigation, the defendant is often not truthfulwith the police. The evidence must speak for the victims, since they cannot tell us what happened
.Here are the relevant facts from the investigation:
 
On 7/18/11 Jordan Criado called 911 to report his wife was missing. Officer Mellgren responded to theresidence at about 5:00 am and learned from Jordan that Tabasha Criado had gone out with a femalefriend to a bar the night before and had not returned home. Jordan Criado told police that he tried to
reach her by phone but Tabasha didn’t answer.
 
 
At the time that Officer Mellgren spoke to Jordan the four children were running around the house, itappeared they had been awake all night. Officer Mellgren walked throughout the house and backyard
to make sure Tabasha wasn’t at the residence. He entered the house through the front door and went
through the back sliding glass door into the backyard. Jordan Criado removed a large stick from theglass slider to allow the backdoor to be opened.
 
Jordan Criado appeared concerned and frustrated about his wife not being home. He told OfficerMellgren he and Tabasha were not having any relationship issues. Jordan did not have the address of 
Tabasha’s friend Tambrie Smith,
so Jordan loaded the four children into his vehicle and had Officer
Mellgren follow him over to Tambrie’s residence. Officer Mellgren was able to make contact with the
 
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Tambrie. She reported to Officer Mellgren that they had been at a local bar and had met some otherpeople and gone to a male
s house. She stated that Tabasha was in the process of separating from
Jordan and wanted a divorce. She did not have the address of the male’s house, only a general
description and area. Officer Mellgren told Jordan Criado to go home and he would start looking in thearea for Tabasha. As police were looking in the area, Tabasha Criado called into the police. She statedshe was in the parking lot of the Minute Market on Oakdale.
 
Officer Bridges met Tabasha at the Minute Market. Both Officer Bridges and Officer Mellgren spokewith Tabasha. Tabasha told Officer Bridges that she had just told her husband about an affair. She told
Officer Mellgren that she needed a break from her husband. She stated “Jordan had
called her thirty
times last night so I turned my phone off”. Tabasha asked for a ride home and indicated she would be
fine. Offficer Bridges left Tabasha at her home 1027 West 10
th
, Medford Oregon in Jackson County at7:53 am. Tabasha never said anything to the Officers to indicate she was concerned for her safety anddid not ask police for any further assistance.
 
When Detectives spoke to Tambrie she stated that Jordan had called her numerous times that evening.In one of those conversations he said
to her “you better hope she’s not having an affair”. Tambrie also
told police that Tabasha was very open about leaving her husband.
 
Detectives identified the male that Tabasha had spent the night with. He told police that she had spentthe night at his residence and in the morning he was going to give her a ride home. Tabasha told himthat morning that the police were looking for her and she phoned into 911 to tell them she was not inany danger. He told police that Tabasha also called Jordan and told him that she had had an affair. Hestated that Jordan was extremely angry and vocal on the other end of the phone call. He stated thatTabasha then hung up the phone and asked him to take her to the Minute Market.
 
During the investigation, police were able to track down witnesses that observed Jordan at a gas station,the receipt would later indicate at 6:32 am. The witness stated that Jordan had stated to them that his
wife had been out in the bars and didn’t come home. He appeared angry to the wit
nesses. It wasdetermined that when Officer Mellgren told Jordan Criado to go home, he stopped for gas. This wouldhave been prior to Tabasha calling and talking to Jordan or the Police.
 
Police received the 911 call of a house fire at 1027 W. 10
th
St. Medford at 9:24 am. When police firstarrived at the residence, the front door was locked and the back sliding glass door was not able to beopened fully. Police could see flames and heavy smoke in the residence. As firefighters forced entrythey found the front door was dead bolted and a couch had been moved to block the front door.Firefighters also located a wooden dowel in the glass sliding door. The firefighters found TabashaCriado, Issac Criado, Elijah Criado, Andrew Criado, Aurora Criado and the defendant in the masterbedroom. One firefighter reported that Jordan Criado was holding a large knife when firefighters foundhim.
 
During the initial searches at the residence, 3 knives were located in the master bedroom. Those kniveswere a large kitchen knife, a steak knife and a paring knife. The Oregon State police crime lab examinedthose knifes for latent prints. No latent prints with sufficient clear ridge details were found. The largeknife Jordan was seen holding by the firefighters contained blood on the blade. DNA analysis done by
 
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the Oregon State Police crime lab matched that blood to Jordan Criado. The Steak knife and paring knifelocated in the master bedroom did not have any blood detected on them.
 
A knife was recovered from an upper bunk bed between the mattress and the railing in the
children’s
bedroom on 12/30/11. The knife had been photographed by the police at the time of the initialsearches but inadvertently not collected. That knife was described as a steak knife. Latent prints
examination failed to reveal any latent prints. There was blood on this steak knife’s blade. DNA analysisdone by Oregon State Police matched the blood on that knife as Tabasha Criado’s.
 
 
Fire Inspectors determined that the fire at the residence was the result of Arson. The investigationrevealed that there were four fires, located in four separate locations of the residence. Fire inspectorsconcluded that the fire burned for 15-20 minutes. All windows in the house were intact and many hada plastic material covering them which retarded the ventilation and growth of the fire. This allowed thefire to smolder but not become fully engulfed due to lack of oxygen. The home suffered significantdamage from the fire.
 
 
In the kitchen, fire investigators determined that on the stove all the electric coils andthe broiler were in the on position. The smoke alarm in the kitchen had been removedfrom the wall and placed on the counter.
 
The next fire was located in the dining room. A futon couch was set on fire.
 
In the living room the next fire was located on the couch that had been placed as abarricade to the front door. Fire investigators also located in the living room an emptygallon size can of olive oil with the lid removed and an empty deep fryer appliance. Thewalls of the living room had a splash pattern that was consistent with someonethrowing a substance against it. Fire Inspectors believed that this was an attempt toaccelerate the fire.
 
In the master bedroom was the fourth fire. It was started in the closet with a largeamount of paper. Oil was throughout the master bedroom. Oil was located on thechildren, bedding and the furniture in the master bedroom.
 
An autopsy was performed on Tabasha Criado on 7/20/2011 by Dr. James Olson the Deputy StateMedical Examiner. He found that Tabasha had 2 stab wounds to the face, 2 stab wounds to the neckand 10 stab wounds to the abdominal area. He noted that she had no defensive wounds to her arms,wrists or hands. He further noted that she had long fingernails and no fingernails were broken. Thecause of death was multiple stab wounds. The toxicology results showed a .03 alcohol and marijuana inher system, no other controlled substances. She had a carboxyhemoglobin of less than 6%. This is anon lethal level of carbon monoxide.
 
An autopsy was performed on Andrew Criado (5/12/06) by Dr. Olson on 7/21/11. Andrew had sharpforce injuries to the neck. The cause of death was homicidal asphyxiation by carbon monoxidepoisoni
ng due to smoke inhalation. Dr. Olson’s other findings included nonlethal drug levels, potentially
lethal stab wound to right side of neck and a non lethal stab wound to the neck. Testing by the OregonState police crime lab found carboxyhemoglobin levels of 46%, a lethal level of carbon monoxide. Anoutside laboratory determined that Andrew had 25 ng/ml levels of Melatonin in his blood.

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