Man accused of murdering family and torching mansion intends to plead not guilty

Family of four killed, mansion set on fire in New Jersey
Family of four killed, and mansion set on fire

A New Jersey man accused of setting fire to two homes to cover up the killings of his brother’s family intends to plead not guilty to murder charges, his attorneys indicated in court Friday.

 

Paul Caneiro, 51, was charged Thursday with four counts of murder, one count of aggravated arson, one count of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of illegal possession of a knife in the deaths of his younger brother, Keith Caneiro, his sister-in-law and their two children last week. Their deaths were followed by a large fire at their mansion in Colts Neck Township.
After allegedly setting the mansion on fire, Paul Caneiro took documents from the crime scene and returned to his home and started another fire, prosecutors said.
Their homes are about 11 miles apart.
Caneiro was ordered to remain in detention until the trial, according to the prosecutor’s office. He is in custody at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in Freehold.

He was initially scheduled to appear in court on a charge of aggravated arson, but Chris Swendeman, a spokesman for the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office, said that case and the one pertaining to the murder charges were combined Friday.
 
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Man accused of murdering family and torching mansion intends to plead not guilty

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