The New Jersey man accused of slaughtering his brother’s family before setting their home on fire had allegedly been stealing their kids’ college funds, according to reports.
Paul Caneiro, who faces trial next year for the horrific slayings of his younger brother Keith, sister-in-law Jennifer and their two young kids, had been appointed trustee of the children’s college accounts but instead stole $90,000, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by relatives this week in New Jersey.
The gruesome killings, in which Keith Caneiro, 50, was found on his front lawn shot five times, including four times in the head, while Jennifer, 45, was discovered shot and stabbed and the children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were stabbed, rocked the wealthy and leafy enclave of Colts Neck Township on the Jersey Shore, 45 miles south of New York City.
Paul Caneiro, 53, who has pleaded not guilty, is expected to face trial next year. He’s next due in court Dec. 2.
Jennifer Caneiro told her older sister, Bonnie, about Paul’s alleged thieving in April 2018, months before the November 2018 bloodbath, according to the lawsuit filed in Monmouth County Superior Court by Jennifer’s father, Vlassis Karidis.
“In the spring of 2018, Bonnie learned from both Jennifer and Keith that Paul stopped paying for his daughter Marissa’s college tuition and that Keith wound up paying it — at a cost of approximately $60,000,” the suit said.
Court papers also revealed gut-wrenching details of Sophia’s death.
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