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

Paul Caneiro right is charged in the murders off family members at left his 50-year-old brother Keith 50 his sister-in-law Jennifer 45 and his nephew Jesse and niece Sophia

The brothers ran a technology and pest control business together, Grammiccioni said.

Caneiro also faced a new charge of aggravated arson and charges of possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon for unlawful goal, according to warrants.

The complaint did not disclose a motive, and a spokesman for the Monmouth County prosecutor said there would be no comment until an 11 a.m. news conference.

Paul Caneiro is now facing four counts of murder, a new count of aggravated arson - the same charge he faced in Ocean with regards to his own home - and two weapons charges, court records show.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday accuses 51-year-old -old Paul Caneiro of the November 20 slayings of his four family members at their mansion in Colts Neck, New Jersey, and then setting fire to the house to try to cover up the crime. Inside, authorities found the remains of his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer Caniero, and their children, 11-year-old son Jesse and eight-year-old daughter Sophia.

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.

The 51-year-old New Jersey resident allegedly used gasoline to set fire to his Ocean Township home before dawn on November 20 while his wife and two daughters were inside, according to an arrest warrant. Keith Caneiro and his family were found dead, and officials say all were slain before the fire. Hours later, the blaze at the home of his brother Keith was reported about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away in Colts Neck.




The woman's and the children's bodies were found severely burned inside the home, and authorities ruled out "a suicide angle", Gramiccioni said.

Police said Paul Caneiro used gasoline to fuel the early morning fire at his two-story Colonial in Ocean Township, about 16km from his brother's US$1.5 million home in Colts Neck. He said the fire was started in two exterior locations at each end of the house.

"My client maintains his innocence on this charge and any other potential charges", Caneiro's attorney Robert Honecker told CNN this week. "His family fully support his defense of this charge".

Paul Caneiro was charged last week with aggravated arson stemming from the fire at his house.

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

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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