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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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