EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPa. Doctor Accused Of Killing Wife Caught In WV
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Reported by: Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Jul. 25, 2013 9:19 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 26, 2013 12:48 PM EDT
Beckley, Raleigh County , West Virginia
A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of poisoning his neurologist wife has been arrested in West Virginia on a criminal homicide charge.
A police complaint says Dr. Robert Ferrante laced an energy supplement with cyanide before giving it to medical school neurologist Dr. Autumn Klein hours after they exchanged text messages about how the supplement could help them conceive a child.
Allegheny County district attorney's office spokesman Mike Manko says Ferrante was arrested near Beckley, W.Va., by state police.
Defense attorney William Difenderfer has said Ferrante denies involvement in his wife's death. He hasn't responded to a request for comment on Thursday's arrest.
Police had traveled to St. Augustine, Fla., to look for Ferrante, a leading researcher on Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ferrante and Klein met at a VA hospital in Bedford, Mass.
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A Pennsylvania doctor accused of killing his wife was arrested in West Virginia Thursday.
Robert Ferrante, 64, was taken into custody near Beckley by West Virginia State Police, according to Allegheny County District Attorney Spokesman Mike Manko.
Ferrante was charged with criminal homicide.
Authorities were attempting to execute an arrest warrant in St. Augustine, Fla., when they learned Ferrante was advised by his counsel to leave the state.
West Virginia State Police located Ferrante after a national law enforcement bulletin was broadcast.
Ferrante's wife, Autumn Klein, 41, died on April 20. Pittsburgh police said Ferrante laced her Creatine drink with cyanide on April 17.
Klein was chief of the Division of Women's Neurology and an assistant professor of neurology, obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Ferrante was a University of Pittsburgh neurologist.
The Allegheny County district attorney's office will be working with West Virginia to extradite Ferrante to Pittsburgh.
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