Man Charged With Murdering Brother's Family, Setting Home on Fire

Man Charged With Murdering Brother's Family, Setting Home on Fire

The two brothers were business partners.

More details are expected to be revealed when Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni holds a news conference at 11 a.m. ET Thursday.

Paul Caneiro, 51, was charged with four counts of murder, one count of aggravated arson, one count of possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a knife, Gramiccioni said.

Paul Caneiro, 51, had already been charged with aggravated arson last week for allegedly setting his own home on fire with his wife and two children inside on November 20.

Paul Caneiro has been in custody since authorities accused him of setting fire to his Ocean Township home on November 20, hours before flames were discovered at the Colts Neck mansion where Keith Caneiro and his family lived.

Obituaries describe Keith's children as 11-year-old Jesse, who liked World War I and II history, video games and sports, and 8-year-old Sophia, who loved ice skating, ninja classes and making cookies with her nanny.

While it took more than a day after the murders for the burned-out $1.5 million Colts Neck mansion to be deemed safe to enter by county engineers, Gramiccioni said investigators have recovered a great deal of evidence since then from the crime scene, which ultimately resulted in the charges against Caneiro.

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Prior to the alleged homicides, Caneiro had previously been charged with arson for setting fire to his own home in Ocean Township with his wife and two daughters inside.

In explaining the timeline as to why the Colts Neck fire, which was started in the basement of the sprawling home, was not reported until 12:45 p.m. - almost seven hours after the Ocean fire -Gramiccioni said that it smoldered for a while before it was exposed to oxygen and then began to grow and spread to become visible from outside. Keith Caneiro was shot multiple times, Jennifer Caneiro was shot and stabbed, and the two Caneiro children were stabbed multiple times with a knife. Their bodies were left to burn, police said.

"My client maintains his innocence on this charge and any other potential charges", he told CNN on Saturday.

"That fire was a ruse to make it appear as if the overall Caneiro family was somehow targeted", Gramiccioni said. He will have a hearing at a Monmouth County court on Friday morning.

"He fully expects to be vindicated", Robert Honecker previously told The Post.

Keith Caniero and Paul Caneiro worked together, according to online records.

The brothers were best friends who talked nearly daily, Honecker told CNN, adding he had no reason to believe there was animosity between them.

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