NJ Businessman Pleads Not Guilty in Slaying Greek Woman and Her Family

Paul Caneiro appears for his arraignment in the murders of his brother and his brother's family, before Judge Joseph W. Oxley at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, N.J., Monday, March 18, 2019. (Tanya Breen/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey businessman accused of killing his brother, his brother’s Greek-American wife and two children has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and other charges.

A public defender for Paul Caneiro entered the pleas Monday during a hearing in Freehold. Caneiro had previously been represented by private attorneys who maintained his innocence, but they have withdrawn from the case due to conflicts of interest.

An indictment unsealed last month charges Caneiro with murder, felony murder, aggravated arson and a weapons offense. He also faces counts of theft, misapplication of entrusted property and hindering his own apprehension.

The charges stem from the deaths of Keith Caneiro; his wife, Jennifer, and their two young children. Their bodies were found after a fire broke out at their Colts Neck home Nov. 20.

Jennifer, originally from Aegina, Greece, is survived by her parents, Bette and Vlassis Karidis; sister Bonnie Karidis; her mother and father-in-law, Sherry and Cesar Caneiro; brothers and sisters-in-law, Elisa and Corey Caneiro and Susan and Paul Caneiro; three nieces and a nephew, Katie, Marissa, Cesar and Carina.

Paul Caneiro appears for his arraignment in the murders of his brother and his brother’s family, before Judge Joseph W. Oxley at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, NJ Monday, March 18, 2019. (Tanya Breen/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)