Man accused of killing brother’s family in Colts Neck in court Friday

FREEHOLD, N.J. — A New Jersey man charged with killing his brother and the brother’s wife and two children will make a court appearance Friday morning.

Paul Caneiro is accused of arson and killing his brother’s family on Nov. 20, 2018. (Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office)

Paul Caneiro faces four counts of murder, along with arson and weapons charges, in the Nov. 20 deaths of his brother Keith; Keith’s wife, Jennifer; their 11-year-old son, Jesse; and their 8-year-old daughter, Sophia.

The family members were shot, stabbed or both at their mansion in the wealthy community of Colts Neck. Authorities say Caneiro then set the mansion on fire.

Prosecutors say a financial dispute led to the deaths. But Caneiro’s lawyer says his client was devoted to his family, adding there “is no reason in the world” why he would kill them and torch their mansion.

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