Not Guilty Plea For Veillette

Michel Veillette
Michel Veillette

(LEBANON, OH) -- Michel Veillette, the Mason father accused of killing his wife and setting a fire that killed his four children, pled not guilty in court on Wednesday.

Veillette appeared in Warren County Common Pleas Court wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles.

His attornies also asked for a bond to be set, but the judge denied that request, saying the case is a murder case and Veillette is a native of Canada.

Veillette was indicted last week on 15 counts, including aggravated murder and aggravated arson. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

"No one wants to be charged with the death penalty. It's the most serious of offenses. We're gonna collect the evidence, take a look at it, at this point our job is to protect his due process rights and beyond that his life and that's what we intend to do," said Tim McKenna, Veillette's attorney.