Murder charges filed against brother in mansion fire slayings

Murder charges filed against brother in mansion fire slayings

Murder charges filed against brother in mansion fire slayings

Paul Caneiro's wife and daughters escaped unharmed in the Ocean Township blaze.

A New Jersey tech executive has been charged with murder in the deaths of his brother's family, after their bodies were found at their burning mansion last week.

Paul Caneiro has been charged with aggravated arson and has not yet made a court appearance.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has indicated it will give new details in the quadruple homicide Thursday.

Paul Caneiro then set the mansion ablaze "in an effort to hide and disguise" his crimes, before returning to his own home at 27 Tilton Road in Ocean Township's Wayside section with items from the crime scene, where he started two fires outside the structure at about 5 a.m., Gramiccioni said, declining to elaborate on those items of evidence.

Paul Caneiro, the brother of a New Jersey millionaire who was killed along with his family, has been charged with their murders.

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.

Keith Caneiro was shot numerous times on the lawn of his mansion in Colts Neck, an affluent horse country town that is home to rock star Bruce Springsteen, and where former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his wife operate an animal sanctuary.

That same day, about seven hours later, his brother's mansion in nearby Colts Neck, New Jersey, also burst into flames. Medical examiners had not determined causes of death for them as of yesterday afternoon.

Caneiro's wife and two daughters were home when he is accused of using gasoline to ignite their Ocean Township home, which is about 10 miles from his brother's home in Colts Neck.

He has not entered a plea on the new charges, the records show. They said Keith Caneiro had been shot, but did not disclose how Jennifer or the children died.

Attorney Robert A. Honecker had previously maintained his client was innocent and said Mr Caneiro was "devastated by the news of his brother and his family's deaths". He said the fire was started in two exterior locations at each end of the house. He will have a hearing at a Monmouth County court on Friday morning. "His family fully support his defense of this charge".

Keith and Paul Caneiro were partners at a technology firm in Asbury Park called Square One.

Keith Caneiro, he said, was "a super busy guy", but if he ever mentioned any work stress, it was "nothing relative to something like this". "Have no reason to believe that's the case, think it was targeted".

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