Eugene Maraventano (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (AP) -
A Phoenix-area man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the killings of his wife and their adult son.
Eugene Maraventano pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
According to Goodyear police, the 64-year-old man told investigators he carried out the killings out of a fear he had given his wife HIV from prostitutes he used to frequent and out of concern about what would become of his jobless son.
Investigators said Maraventano believed his wife was ill and feared she could test positive for a disease he might have contracted from prostitutes.
The investigators also said in court records that Maraventano had planned to kill himself after killing his wife and wondered what would become of his 27-year-old son who lived with his parents.
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