The Woodside man accused of staging his wife’s fatal shooting to
look like a suicide in an attempt to cash in on a life insurance policy
did not make a plea in San Mateo County Superior Court yesterday and
will return to court Aug. 10, according to the District Attorney’s
Pooroushasb “Peter” Parineh, 64, could face the death penalty if
convicted of murder for financial gain in the April 13 death of his
56-year-old wife, Parima.
Yesterday, he came to court with attorney Richard Mazer but did not make a plea.
Parineh has appeared in court several times since his arrest
last month, but three separate attorneys had stated they were only
making special appearances on his behalf while financing was
Peter Parineh called 911 April 13 to report finding his wife
dead in a bedroom of their multi-million home on Fox Hill Road. He told
authorities he believed his wife had killed herself. Within days,
however, authorities say they questioned the story — doubt compounded
by multiple shots to Parima Parineh, substantial debt including the
home being in foreclosure and life insurance policies rumored to be $20
The insurance policy’s suicide exclusion period had passed,
making Parineh eligible for a payout if his wife was found to have
indeed killed herself.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Parineh June 17 in Sunnyvale and he is being held without bail.