Court Hearing in New Jersey Greek Woman’s Family Murder, Arson Case

Paul Caneiro appears in Monmouth County Superior Court for a detention hearing on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Freehold, N.J. (Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — 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 (kah-NEH’-roh) faces four counts of murder, along with arson and weapons charges, in the Nov. 20 deaths of his brother Keith; Keith’s wife, Jennifer Karidis; 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.


By WAYNE PARRY , Associated Press