A University of Pittsburgh doctor who police believe poisoned his doctor wife has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.
According to his attorney, the decision means Doctor Robert Ferrante, age 64, formally admits to the court that the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office most likely has enough evidence of Murder, for him to be bound over for trial, in the April 2013 death of his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein, age 41.
Investigators believe the researcher spiked his wife’s energy drink with the fast-acting poison, cyanide. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested Ferrante last July after they discovered he had purchased a large volume of cyanide using a University of Pittsburg credit card, two days before Doctor Klein fell gravely ill. They soon learned that no poisons are used Ferrante’s research area of focus, which is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS.
Common Pleas Judge David Cashman has ordered that Ferrante’s daughter Cianna remain in the custody of his wife’s parents in Maryland. The prosecution believes the young girl is a witness and asked Cashman to prevent Ferrante from contacting her. What evidence the girl might testify to is not known.
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