Veillette Hangs Himself in Jail

(LEBANON, OH) -- Michel Veillette, the Mason man accused of killing his wife and four children, is dead.

Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel confirmed to FOX19 Tuesday morning that Veillette hanged himself overnight while he was being held in the Warren County Jail.

Veillette was accused of stabbing his wife, Nadya, then setting a fire that killed his four young children, Marguerite, 8, Vincent, 4, Mia, 2 and Jacob, 2,  in their Mason home in early January.

According to Warren County Sheriff Tom Ariss, a corrections officer made rounds at 12:54 a.m. During the next visit at 1:39 a.m., Veillette was found next to his bed. It is believed that he used a bed sheet and a towel rack.

Warren County Jail medical staff began CPR and life support measures. The Lebanon Fire Department Life Squad responded and transported Veillette to Bethesda Arrow Springs Emergency Room, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Ariss said the last time the officers performed rounds was 12:54 a.m.

During a news conference, Ariss said Veillette had been placed on suicide watch when he was first booked in the jail. He was placed in general population on Feb. 18.

Several writings and paperwork were found in his cell, but Ariss said it is too early to tell if any of the writings contained a suicide note or any indication of his mental state.

Ariss said there had been no problem with Veillette, which is why he was placed back in general population on the recommendation of the jail's mental health professionals.

"There was nothing unusual about his actions, even into last night," Ariss said.

Hutzel said she didn't want to speculate about what was going on in the mind of Veillette.

"He was facing very, very serious consequences," she said.

Veillette, 34, who is originally from Canada, had pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder and one count of aggravated arson. He was being held in the jail without bond. He faced the death penalty if convicted.

"I'm totally shocked," said Tim McKenna, Veillette's lawyer. "He had been progressively more upbeat and he was very interested in defending himself."

Hutzel said she was confident in her case and was looking forward to bringing him to justice.

"I would have preferred to have brought him to justice for the death of these little children and his wife, but unfortunately, he just didn't allow us to bring him to justice," Hutzel said. "He will not face justice in the court of law, but he will face justice of another kind."

McKenna said he last visited Veillette on March 26 and had planned to see him again soon to go over the case.

Veillette had a strip of photos of his children and would have those photos out when talking about the case, McKenna said, and the native of Canada had recently requested a French language Bible.

"It's just a very sad ending to a tragic story," McKenna said.

Ariss and Hutzel have been attempting to contact Veillette's family in Canada. staff with information from The Associated Press