Paul Caneiro: New Jersey Man Charged With Murders of Brother and Family

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Paul Caneiro, 51, was charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of his brother and family. Court records indicate he faces murder charges, though they do not state the victims, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Investigators say Paul set a fire in their basement to destroy evidence.

Paul Caneiro, the brother of a man found killed with his family in a burning home in New Jersey, has been charged with murder, court records show.

Jennifer Caneiro was shot and stabbed, and the two children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia, were stabbed repeatedly, the prosecutor said, disclosing for the first time how the three died.

The family was found dead Tuesday, Nov. 20, when firefighters responded to a blaze at their Colts Neck home.

After allegedly setting the mansion on fire, Paul Caneiro took documents from the crime scene and returned to his home and started another fire, prosecutors said.

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.

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Paul Caneiro, a 51-year-old from Ocean Township, New Jersey, has been charged with four counts of murder, one count of firearm possession, one count of knife possession, and one count of aggravated arson after he allegedly killed his 50-year-old brother Keith Caneiro, his wife Jennifer Caneiro, and their two young children. Keith Caneiro and his family were found dead, and officials say all were slain before the fire. Medical examiners had not determined causes of death for them as of midweek.

"That fire was a ruse to make it appear as if the overall Caneiro family was somehow targeted", Gramiccioni said.

Honecker previously maintained his client was innocent and said his client was "devastated by the news of his brother and his family's deaths". "He fully expects to be vindicated when this case finally resolves".

The pair registered an Asbury Park-based company named Jay-Martin Systems that was doing business as "Square One", records dating to 2014 show.

He has not entered a plea on the new charges, the records show. The area is still fenced off. Friends and loved ones of the Caneiro family have placed signs, photographs and flowers at the site as a memorial to the family.

Anyone with information about the Ocean Township fire is urged to call Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Christopher Brady of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1428. "Have no reason to believe that's the case, think it was targeted".