Calif. jury urges death in murders over paternity
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man convicted of murdering his wife and her daughter after a paternity test showed he wasn't the child's father.
A Riverside County Superior Court jury returned the penalty-phase verdict against Michael Barbar, 55, after he was convicted last month of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, Maysam Barbar, and her 6-year-old daughter, Tamara, in November 2009.
Michael Barbar had helped raise the child since birth but became suspicious after discovering his wife had three separate affairs, prosecutors said.
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