At a Wednesday news conference, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said that he believed Keith Caneiro’s family, whom he called “victims of homicidal violence," were targeted and that it was “one of the most heinous cases” he had ever seen, according NBC News.
Investigators continue to follow leads in the investigation of a fatal house fire in Colts Neck Tuesday afternoon that tragically took the lives of four family members, and another fire in Ocean Township that resulted in the arrest of the homeowner.https://t.co/QHQvOqv4L7 pic.twitter.com/CqE1QutORm— Monmouth Prosecutor (@MonCoProsecutor) November 21, 2018
The two Tuesday fires may appear too similar to be coincidence, but Gramiccioni did not say whether Paul Caneiro was a suspect in the deaths of Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife, Jennifer Caneiro, 45, 8-year-old Sophia and 11-year-old Jesse, NBC News reported.
The brothers were business partners at Square One, an Asbury Park technology firm. A neighbor told the Asbury Park Press that he saw Paul Caneiro and his family near his home in Ocean Township around noon, placing him miles from his brother’s Colts Neck estate on Willow Brook Road, to which firefighters responded around 12:30 p.m.
The typically quaint town of Colts Neck has housed celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Bon Jovi band members, and an animal sanctuary operated by Jon Stewart and his wife.
Attorney Robert A. Honecker, who is representing Paul Caneiro, did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment but told CNN that his client maintains his innocence. “His family fully support his defense of this charge. No evidence has been produced that suggests a reason why he would engage in such conduct. He fully expects to be vindicated when this case finally resolves,” he said.
Caneiro is expected to appear in court Wednesday.