A New Jersey man has been charged with killing four members of his family, according to a new wrongly recorded death lawsuit, stealing $ 90,000 before the November 2018 deaths.
Paul Caneiro was indicted on several charges, including four counts of first-degree murder in the death of his brother Keith Caneiro, 50; Keith’s wife, Jennifer Caneiro, 45; And their two children, Jessie, 11, and Sophia, 8.
He was found dead in his Colts Neck home on November 20, 2018, after a neighbor called police to report that the residence was on fire. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Grammicioni said during a press conference at the time that the house was set on fire after the family was shot and stabbed.
The suit, filed Monday in Monmouth County’s Superior Court, accuses Kenero of taking money from Keith’s family in the months leading up to his killings. It was filed by the children’s maternal grandfather, Vladis Caridis.
In April 2018, Jennifer revealed to her family that she and her husband had been made aware that they were “stealing their money” from the trusts set up for Jessie and Sophia, according to the Canero suit.
It also diverted money from its niece and nephew’s college funds to accounts for their children. Keith told Caridis three days before the murder that the amount that Canero took from the college fund was $ 90,000.
The lawsuit further alleges that Keith had complained about his brother not “carrying his weight” with their joint business and spending excessive amounts of money. Keith told Caridis that he was going to cut Canero’s annual salary of $ 225,000.
Keith was found dead in the lawn in front of his house. Sue, citing an autopsy, said she was shot in the head four times. Jennifer and children were found dead inside the house.
According to the suit, Jennifer died of a gunshot wound to the head and a stab wound. Jesse died from a stab wound with smoke contributing to the cause as smoke.
Sophia was listed as having “rapid-force injuries and inhaling smoke” as the cause of death. The suit states that she survived her stunned wounds “for an unimaginable period of time but long enough to experience difficulty breathing and the onset of high-degree stress.”
The suit alleged that Caneiro died of negligence and negligence and that Sophia had experienced “great pain and mental anguish” before that. Caridis is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
Caneiro pleaded not guilty to the murders while appearing in court in March 2019. A lawyer was not listed in a wrongful death lawsuit and a public defender who represented him in a 2019 court could not immediately be reached for comment. His lawyers said in a statement in 2018 that Canero “had nothing to do with these terrible crimes.”