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December 12, 2018

Hearing delayed for Colts Neck man detained in his own home’s arson, in light of new evidence yet to be revealed

November 29, 2018
Firefighters battle a fatal fire on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Colts Neck, N.J. The Monmouth County prosecutor’s office says the fire has taken multiple victims. (AP)

New evidence is forcing a delay in the detention hearing for Paul Caneiro, charged with second-degree aggravated arson in the alleged torching of his home just hours before his brother and family were murdered and their mansion set afire 15 miles away.

Caneiro, 51, has been held without bail since the Nov. 20 incident in which he allegedly set fire to his Ocean Township, N.J., house with his family inside. All escaped unharmed. His hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday.




A few hours later his brother, 50-year-old Keith Caneiro, was found shot to death outside his burning mansion in Colts Neck, N.J., his slain wife and two children inside. No suspects have been named or charges levied in the deaths of Keith Caneeiro, his wife Jennifer,45, and their two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8.

Prosecutors told the Associated Press a news conference will be held Thursday to bring the public up to date on the slayings. Paul Caneiro’s hearing has been rescheduled for Friday to give his lawyer, Robert Honecker Jr., time to review the new information with his client.

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