Man Charged In Mason Fatal Fire Appears In Court

(MASON, OH) -- Michel Veillette, the Mason father accused of stabbing his wife to death and then setting fire to their home, killing their four children, has been released from the hospital and appeared in Mason municipal court on Wednesday.

Judge Andrew Batsche set a hearing for Jan. 22 for Veillette, 34, who appeared in court in handcuffs and orange jail clothing. He said he did not have an attorney for his case. An attorney will be appointed at his next court date, which is scheduled for Jan. 22. During the hearing, Veillette spoke very little, only telling the judge that the ages of his children on the court papers were incorrect and that Marguerite's name was misspelled.

Veillette was then taken to the Warren County Jail. He is being held without bond.

Veillette had been treated since Friday night for stab wounds and other injuries after he was found outside the family's burning two-story home in Mason.

Veillette, a native of Canada, is charged with aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson. A grand jury is expected to decide whether the case qualifies for the death penalty. staff with information from The Associated Press