Man Arrested for Allegedly Setting His Own House on Fire Charged With Murders of Brother and Family: Reports

Paul Caneiro
Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor

A New Jersey man has been charged with murder in connection with the deaths of his brother and his family after they were found dead at their mansion earlier this month, according to reports.

Paul Caneiro, 51, had already been charged with aggravated arson last week for allegedly setting his own home on fire with his wife and two children inside on Nov. 20. They were not harmed. 

Hours later, Caneiro’s brother, Keith, was found shot to death outside his Colts Neck mansion and Keith’s wife, Jennifer, and their two children, ages 11 and 8, were found badly burned inside. They were also reportedly stabbed. 

Paul is now charged with four counts of murder and a new charge of aggravated arson in connection with the slayings, law enforcement sources told WNBC. Court records indicate he faces murder charges, though they do not state the victims, the Asbury Park Press reported. However, records do say the murders took place in Colts Neck on Nov. 20.

Paul is also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, according to reports. 

Paul’s attorney Robert Honecker previously told CNN that his client was innocent of the arson charge he originally faced, as well as any other "potential charges."

"My client maintains his innocence on this charge [aggravated arson] and any other potential charges," Honecker said. "No evidence has been produced that suggests a reason why he would engage in such conduct. He fully expects to be vindicated when this case finally resolves."

Honecker went on to say in an interview with The New York Times that Paul loved Keith and "would not do his brother any harm,” adding that they were "best friends."

Honecker has not commented on the reports on the new charges.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office is set to hold a press conference on Thursday at 11 a.m. to release more details in the case.

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