COLTS NECK – Paul Caneiro has been charged with the murder of his brother, sister-in-law and children at their home in Colts Neck, according to court records. obtained by NJ.com.
Keith and Jennifer Caneiro, their 8-year-old daughter Sophia, and their 11-year-old son Jesse, were all found dead in their home in Colts Neck last Tuesday as a result of several alarm fires. Keith Caneiro's body was found in front of Willow Brook Road's home, while his family was found inside.
Monmouth County District Attorney Christopher Gramiccioni said the family had been killed before the fire and that she had been "targeted".
The records also show that Paul Caneiro was charged with possession of a firearm and a weapon for illicit purposes.
Several hours earlier, Paul Caneiro had used gasoline to burn his own home in Ocean Township, while his wife and children slept indoors, according to Gramiccioni. Paul Caneiro has been detained in Monmouth County Jail since he was charged last Wednesday.
Gramiccioni had not established any connection between the two incidents. He scheduled a press conference in his Freehold office on Thursday at 11 am to update the file.
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