Brother charged with killing family in Colts Neck fire

Brother charged with killing family in Colts Neck fire

"From there we allege that the defendant intentionally set fire at his home at or about 5 a.m. for the objective of both destroying evidence of his crime in Colts Neck and to also create the illusion that the overall Caneiro family was somehow victimized or targeted", Gramiccioni said at a news conference.

Prosecutors say financial motives led a New Jersey technology executive to kill his brother, the brother's wife and their young children before setting fire to their two homes.

He said Keith Caneiro's wife, Jennifer, was shot and stabbed and that the two Caneiro children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were repeatedly stabbed with a knife.

Authorities say both a gun and a knife were seized from a New Jersey man charged with murder in the deaths of his brother, his brother's wife and their two children.

Attorney Robert Honecker had previously maintained his client was innocent and said Caneiro was "devastated by the news of his brother and his family's deaths".

The details of the heinous crime spree came just hours after Monmouth County prosecutors filed murder charges against Paul Caneiro in the November 20 eruption of violence in Colts Neck and Ocean Township, New Jersey. Keith stepped out of the Colts Neck mansion, at which point Paul shot him multiple times in the head, the prosecutor said.

Man charged with killing brother’s family after Colts Neck mansion fire: records

"We believe that this family in some form or fashion was targeted", Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said last week.

The fire at the Colts Neck home burned for hours, causing it to be badly damaged.

Paul Caneiro, 51, stands accused of four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of illegal weapons possession and one count of aggravated arson, according to charges laid out Thursday morning in a complaint filed in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey, records show. Because of that, investigators are also looking into the defendant's business dealings, Gramiccioni said.

Keith Caneiro had some upcoming job interviews planned after getting his master's degree this year, according to Brian Bott, who owns a fitness studio where he worked out.

Paul Caneiro was charged last week with aggravated arson stemming from the fire at his house. The second fire was a ruse meant to make it appear the extended family was a target, the prosecutor said. He was arrested on November 21 for allegedly setting that fire and has been in custody since. His wife and two adult daughters were both at home at the time.

Paul and Keith Caneiro are listed as the sole officers of a company that involved the sale and service of computers, New Jersey business records show.

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