Renowned Doctor Charged With Fatally Poisoning His Wife

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Associated Press Release


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A University of Pittsburgh researcher has been arrested in Florida on charges that he fatally poisoned his wife, a neurologist at the university's medical school.

The attorney for 64-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante did not immediately respond to requests for comment. He is considered a leading researcher on Lou Gehrig's disease.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. announced Ferrante's arrest Thursday. City police flew to an unspecified location to arrest Ferrante, though Zappala and police wouldn't say why Ferrante was there.

Ferrante's wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, died April 20 after suddenly falling ill at home three days earlier.

Ferrante reported that his wife suffered a sudden, unknown medical emergency. The county medical examiner later found a lethal level of cyanide in her system.

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