NJ - Multiple Deaths in Mansion Fire, Monmouth County, Colts Neck, 20 Nov 2018 *Arrest*

10/31/2023

Colts Neck murders: Will the Caneiro murder case extend to New Zealand? Judge to decide

FREEHOLD Cutting-edge technology purports to link Paul Caneiro to four murders - that of his brother, sister-in-law and their two young children - yet the state has asked that a key witness be allowed to testify about the scientific reliability of that technology from 9,000 miles away.

Caneiro's attorney on Tuesday objected to the prospect of allowing the state's expert to testify virtually from his home in New Zealand, saying Caneiro has a constitutional right to confront the witness, face-to-face, in court.

Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley will decide Thursday whether to allow that expert to testify virtually at an upcoming pretrial hearing that he said will have statewide implications for the future of a computer program designed to analyze small quantities and complicated mixtures of DNA evidence.

Christopher Decker, assistant Monmouth County prosecutor, told the judge Tuesday he wants John Buckleton, the creator of the STRmix computer software, to testify about the reliability of the technology at the upcoming pretrial hearing. But, Decker said, Buckleton is not comfortable taking a 16-hour or longer flight from New Zealand to New Jersey because of a medical condition he suffers from, for fear he could have an episode aboard the flight with no medical assistance available.

Colts Neck murders: Will the Caneiro murder case extend to New Zealand? Judge to decide

11/03/2023

Judge nixes testimony from New Zealand in Caneiro Colts Neck murders case​

FREEHOLD As a judge prepares to schedule an important hearing on the reliability of a new method of evaluating DNA evidence used in the Colts Neck quadruple homicide case against Paul Caneiro, he ruled Thursday that the state's key expert on the technology will not be allowed to testify remotely from New Zealand.

Prosecutors asked that John Buckleton, a New Zealand scientist who created a computer program to analyze small quantities and complicated mixtures of DNA in the case against Caneiro, be allowed to testify via videoconference from his homeland because he is uncomfortable taking a 16-hour or longer flight to New Jersey due to a heart condition he suffers from.

Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley ruled he will not allow the witness to testify remotely.

Oxley noted he has not received any of Buckleton's medical records or any certifications from his physicians about what affect the journey to New Jersey could have on his health.
Prosecutors said Buckleton would be their key witness to testify at an upcoming hearing about the reliability of the computer program he created, which was used to generate the DNA evidence against Caneiro, an Ocean township man accused in the 2018 murders of his brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew.

Oxley said Buckleton had a co-author of the report he wrote in Caneiro's case, who could be called to testify in-person in Buckleton's place.

The judge noted that Caneiro has a constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him, which is of the utmost importance in the case of a quadruple homicide for which he could potentially face four, consecutive life prison terms.

Judge nixes testimony from New Zealand in Caneiro Colts Neck murders case
 
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@Countem - I noticed the articles (above) says they will have a hearing soon, but it is not scheduled yet per article. Wondering if the court site might have something in it? If not, I will try again during next week.

TIA! :)
 
@Countem - I noticed the articles (above) says they will have a hearing soon, but it is not scheduled yet per article. Wondering if the court site might have something in it? If not, I will try again during next week.

TIA! :)
Sadly, I have been only able to pull information from articles, as well, as the court site does not provide any information. :(
 
Sadly, I have been only able to pull information from articles, as well, as the court site does not provide any information. :(

darn... thanks for checking though!
 
finally....


Dec. 8, 2023
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Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, at a conference last week, set June 3 as the date for Caneiro, 56, of Ocean Township, to stand trial in the November 2018 murders of his brother, Keith Caneiro, 50, sister-in-law, Jennifer, 45, niece, Sophia, 8, and nephew, Jesse, 11.

Despite speedy trial provisions in New Jersey's Criminal Justice Reform Act, the defendant's trial has been held up by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to make arrangements for him to review voluminous amounts of evidence against him and some lengthy legal wrangling over a cutting-edge method of evaluating DNA evidence collected in the investigation.

With much of that legal wrangling now in the past, the only thing that stands in the way of Caneiro's trial is a hearing on the admissibility of that DNA evidence. Oxley has scheduled the pretrial hearing for the weeks of Feb. 26 and March 4. DNA experts from as far away as New Zealand will be testifying at that hearing.

Oxley said he will need time after the hearing to render his decision on the admissibility of the DNA evidence, but once that is done, the trial can get underway.
[.....]
Attorneys told the judge they expect the trial to take about four weeks.



so - @Countem - any updates in the court site for the times of these pretrial hearings yet? TIA!
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@Niner -- NJ is the worst state ever for public access to current court info. In my experience, the case has to be disposed for public access -- lot of good that does when it's over and done!

Yeah - I can not access the court site. Just wait on articles. And I see in the article there was a hearing last week or so... oh well... I put him on 2/26/24. :)
 
Yeah - I can not access the court site. Just wait on articles. And I see in the article there was a hearing last week or so... oh well... I put him on 2/26/24. :)

Oh wow, this case hasn't gone to court yet! I followed it closely at the time, because it was so horrific and unbelievably heinous and cruel - words can't even describe it, that somebody could do that to their brother and his family.

I hope the brothers parents were not alive to witness this horrific crime. I can't imagine their devastation.

I hope justice is served SOON. 5 years is way too long.
 
He has not been in court for awhile - so will shorten this up a bit now
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Monday, Feb. 26th:
*Pretrial Hearing (@ am ET) – NJ – Keith Martin Caneiro (50), his wife Jennifer Karidis Caneiro (45) & 2 children Jesse (11) & Sophia (8) (Nov. 20, 2018, Colt’s Neck; died prior to fire @ home) – *Paul Jay Caneiro (51/now 55) (bro) arrested (11/20/18), charged (11/29/18), indicted (2/25/19) & arraigned (3/18/19) on 4 counts of murder, 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of aggravated arson, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a knife, theft, misapplication of entrusted property & 2 counts of hindering apprehension. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
*Indicted (7/1/19) with 2nd degree insurance fraud (from 11/6/12 to 7/9/19).
Previously charge with 2 counts of 2nd degree aggravated arson (in connection to fire set @ his Ocean Township home on the same day before fire in Colt’s Neck) & with 4 counts of murder, with possession of a firearm & possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. Plead not guilty. Held without bond. Paul Caneiro allegedly stole $78K from Keith & Jennifer Caneiro. He stole the money sometime between January 2017 & the day of the murders.
Trial set to begin 6/3/24. (should take about 4 weeks)
Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, presiding. Monmouth County Prosecutor Deputy First assistant Christopher Decker. Public defender's office defense attorney W. Michael Wicke.

Court hearing from 11/28/18 thru 7/6/22 reference post #886 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...-colts-neck-20-nov-2018-arrest.400517/page-45

6/5/23 Update: Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, who is presiding over the case, in July ordered the company that owns the proprietary technology to turn over its source code to Caneiro's defense expert to facilitate the evaluation. But, almost a year later, that expert still has not submitted a report on his evaluation to defense attorney W. Michael Wicke of the Public Defender's Office. Appearing in court on Monday, 6/5/23 Wicke told Oxley he still has not been informed of the date by which the expert plans to give him the report. The judge ordered that the defense expert either turn over the report to Wicke by June 26 or provide a certain date when that will be done. Otherwise, Oxley said the expert will have to appear in court in-person before him that day to explain why he can't. Once the report is submitted, Oxley said he still has to schedule the hearing to determine the reliability of the scientific evidence and its admissibility at trial. That hearing is likely to take up to five days, he said.
6/5/23 Update: Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, who is presiding over the case, in July, 2022 ordered the company that owns the proprietary technology to turn over its source code to Caneiro's defense expert to facilitate the evaluation. Appearing in court on Monday, defense attorney W. Michael Wicke told Judge Oxley he still has not been informed of the date by which the expert plans to give him the report. The judge ordered that the defense expert either turn over the report to Wicke by June 26 or provide a certain date when that will be done. Otherwise, Oxley said the expert will have to appear in court in-person before him that day to explain why he can't. Once the report is submitted, Judge Oxley said he still has to schedule the hearing to determine the reliability of the scientific evidence and its admissibility at trial. That hearing is likely to take up to five days, he said. Then, the judge said he will need time to draft "a decision that is going to be watched throughout the state.''
11/2/23 Update: Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley prepares to schedule an important hearing on the reliability of a new method of evaluating DNA evidence used in the Colts Neck quadruple homicide case against Paul Caneiro, he ruled Thursday that the state's key expert on the technology will not be allowed to testify remotely from New Zealand. Prosecutors asked that John Buckleton, a New Zealand scientist who created a computer program to analyze small quantities & complicated mixtures of DNA in the case against Caneiro, be allowed to testify via videoconference from his homeland because he is uncomfortable taking a 16-hour or longer flight to New Jersey due to a heart condition he suffers from. Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley ruled he will not allow the witness to testify remotely.T he judge noted that Caneiro has a constitutional right to confront the witnesses against him, which is of the utmost importance in the case of a quadruple homicide for which he could potentially face four, consecutive life prison terms. The upcoming pretrial hearing, which has not yet been scheduled, will center on the admissibility of the evidence generated by the STRmix technology, a computer program that uses a method known as "probabilistic genotyping'' to analyze DNA.
12/8/23 Update: Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, at a conference last week, set 6/3/24 as the date for Caneiro to stand trial in the November 2018 murders of his brother, Keith Caneiro, 50, sister-in-law, Jennifer, 45, niece, Sophia, 8, and nephew, Jesse, 11. Despite speedy trial provisions in NJ's Criminal Justice Reform Act, the defendant's trial has been held up by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to make arrangements for him to review voluminous amounts of evidence against him & some lengthy legal wrangling over a cutting-edge method of evaluating DNA evidence collected in the investigation. Attorneys told the judge they expect the trial to take about four weeks. With much of that legal wrangling now in the past, the only thing that stands in the way of Caneiro's trial is a hearing on the admissibility of that DNA evidence. Judge Oxley has scheduled the pretrial hearing for the weeks of 2/26/24 & 3/4/24. DNA experts from as far away as New Zealand will be testifying at that hearing. At the upcoming hearing in February, Oxley will have to rule on whether the technology, which employs a method known as probabilistic genotyping to analyze DNA, is generally accepted by the scientific community. The STRmix technology has not been challenged in court in New Jersey before, so Judge Oxley's ruling will have statewide implications. Prosecutors have asserted that even if the DNA evidence is ruled inadmissible, they have other evidence to prove Caneiro committed the murders. That includes a pair of jeans & a latex glove, both with Sophia's blood on them, and an unspent 9mm round of ammunition, all recovered from a container in the defendant's home.
 

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