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Trial set for metro Phoenix man charged with killing wife, son

PHOENIX — A Dec. 19 trial has been set for a Goodyear man accused of
fatally stabbing his wife and adult son.

Eugene Maraventano has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of
63-year-old Janet Maraventano and 27-year-old Bryan Maraventano more than four
months ago at the family’s home.

He told investigators he killed them out of
fear he had given his wife HIV and out of concern about what would become of his
jobless son.

Authorities said Maraventano feared his wife might test positive for
cancer or a disease he had given her from prostitutes he slept with when he
worked for a rail line.

Investigators said Maraventano planned to commit suicide after killing
his wife.

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