The jury selection in the trial of Woodside real estate investor Pooroushasb “Peter” Parineh was scheduled to get underway Monday.
The 67-year-old Parineh stands accused of murdering his wife Parima in their Foxhill Drive mansion on April 13, 2010 for financial gain.
He allegedly shot her multiple times in the head and tried to make it look like a suicide, according to public records on file with the San Mateo County District Attorney's office. His wife had an insurance policy, set up to fund a trust fund for the couple’s two children, worth an estimated 30 million dollars.
Parineh faced an enormous debt, was years behind in property taxes, and his home was in foreclosure at the time of the event.
Last year, Austiag Hormoz Parineh and his siblings filed suit against Parineh for the wrongful death of their mother.
In other court news:
Redwood City resident Geraldo Gontiz could face life imprisonment if he’s found guilty of child molestation. The 48-year-old allegedly molested more than a dozen boys between the ages of 13 and 17 between August of 2009 and May of 2011, according to San Mateo County District Attorney's records.
His trial was slated to begin jury assignment on Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Gontiz faces 16 counts of lewd acts with a minor, three counts of oral copulation and one count of sodomy, among others. He remains in custody on $375,000 bail.
Redwood City resident Paul Hewitt was found guilty of four counts of felony child molestation last week and will return to court Friday morning to set a date for imposition of sentence.
The 45-year-old Hewitt allegedly molested the 10-year-old daughter of his long-time girlfriend, with whom he lived. The incident was reported a year later.
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