Man accused of setting fire to NJ mansion now faces murder charges

Man accused of setting fire to NJ mansion now faces murder charges

According to the prosecutor, Paul Caneiro shot his brother on the lawn of the mansion, went inside and killed the rest of the family, and then set a fire in the basement early November 20.

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 was also charged with aggravated arson, possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon for unlawful objective, according to court records.

The suspect, Paul Caneiro, is also accused of setting his own Ocean Township home on fire with his family inside in an attempt to destroy evidence and create an illusion that the entire family was being targeted, the prosecutor said. The remaining members of the family - Keith's wife Jennifer and children Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8 - were fatally stabbed inside the residence, Gramiccioni said.

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.

A New Jersey man has been charged with killing his brother, sister-in-law and the couple's two children. Keith Caneiro was shot multiple times, Jennifer Caneiro was shot and stabbed, and the two Caneiro children were stabbed multiple times with a knife.

Gramiccioni said the killing rampage unfolded in the early hours of November 20, when Paul Caneiro, 51, allegedly shot his brother Keith Caneiro, 50, multiple times outside Keith's Colts Neck Home on Willow Brook Road. Their bodies were left to burn, police said.

Honecker did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

He was previously charged with second-degree aggravated arson after he allegedly set his own home on fire just hours before his brother and family were found dead at their home.

"The fire at his home served two purposes", Gramiccioni said.

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

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".

He remains in jail without bail and is scheduled to appear in Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold, New Jersey, on Friday.

The pair registered an Asbury Park-based company named Jay-Martin Systems that was doing business as "Square One", records dating to 2014 show. "Have no reason to believe that's the case, think it was targeted".

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