Nadya Ferrari-Veillette, 33, was found
with a knife in her chest and had multiple stab wounds,
Mr. Veillette told investigators he
retrieved a gas can from the garage to set the Jan. 11 fire,
which he said quickly became too hot for him to try to reach the
children, Det. Deidesheimer said. Mr. Veillette then jumped out
a second-floor window of the home, located in an upscale
suburban neighbourhood about 30 kilometres northeast of
The detective didn't say why Mr.
Veillette allegedly set the fire. The couple's four children
died of smoke-inhalation.
Mr. Veillette's defence lawyer asked a
judge Tuesday to dismiss charges of aggravated murder, murder
and aggravated arson.
But Mason Municipal Court Judge Andrew
Batsche ruled there was probable cause to support charges and
sent the case to a grand jury. He also ordered the Canadian-born
Mr. Veillette, who was released from a hospital last week,
continue to be held without bail.
Mr. Veillette did not enter a plea. He
could face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder.
Mr. Veillette, dressed in an orange jail
suit and wearing shackles, didn't speak aloud during the hearing
but sometimes put his head down and quickly shook it back and
forth during the testimony.
Tim McKenna, his court-appointed lawyer,
suggested police should have pursued other explanations for the
fire and questioned the detective about conducting the hospital
interview with Mr. Veillette, who was still recovering from
He was in the hospital, he was chained
to a bed, there was no attorney present and I'm sure that's
going to be an issue as to what he said can be admissible in
court or not, Mr. McKenna said after the court hearing.
Mr. Veillette admitted to investigators
that he was having an affair and expressed concern about his
girlfriend being dragged into the case, Det. Deidesheimer said.
Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel
declined to say whether the girlfriend had been interviewed.
Prosecutors have yet to complete their investigation, which has
included interviews with people in Canada, she said.