Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charges Filed in Cyanide Case Professor's Arrest 'Imminent' in the Death of His Wife, Autumn Klein

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charges Filed in Cyanide Case Professor's Arrest 'Imminent' in the Death of His Wife, Autumn Klein

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A researcher whose wife died of cyanide poisoning in April is expected to be arrested in Florida and then returned to Pittsburgh to face a charge of criminal homicide.

The arrest, to be made by the Pittsburgh police, is "imminent," sources said.

William Difenderfer, who represents Robert J. Ferrante, a professor of neurological surgery, said he was disappointed with the development.

"He's adamant he had nothing to do with her death and plans to fully defend himself," Mr. Difenderfer said.

Autumn Klein, the chief of the division of women's neurology at UPMC, collapsed at her Oakland home around 11:30 p.m. on April 17 and was rushed to UPMC Presbyterian.

Records reviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed that Mr. Ferrante called 911 at 11:52 p.m. that day and told dispatchers he thought his wife might have had a stroke because she had been "just staring off into space" for about 10 minutes and then started groaning.

Over the next few days, he explained to his 6-year-old daughter, Cianna, how her mother's brain function had flatlined and asked other medical professionals for their opinions about what they thought might be the cause, Dr. Klein's mother, Lois Klein, told the Post-Gazette in a previous interview.

Dr. Klein was pronounced dead on April 20.

Allegheny County Medical Examiner Karl Williams has said that toxic levels of cyanide were found in Dr. Klein's body, and the death was initially investigated as either suicide or homicide.

Over the ensuing months, dozens of search warrants have been obtained, and the investigation, being handled by prosecutors from the Allegheny County District Attorney's homicide and white-collar offices, has included assistance from the FBI.

Included within the subpoenas and search warrants were one for the couple's home and one for the University of Pittsburgh, pertaining to cyanide. …

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