EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPolice Say Pittsburgh Neurologist Accused Wife Of Affair, Poisoned Her
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: ABC News
Reported: Jul. 29, 2013 11:42 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
When a prominent Pittsburgh neurologist, died of cyanide poisoning, her friends were left to wonder who would have wanted to harm the popular doctor?
Police now say Autumn Klein's husband did.
Robert Ferrante, a 64 year old medical researcher, is behind bars, accused of poisoning his wife. He was arrested near Beckley, W.Va., last week and was expected to waive extradition Monday afternoon.
Police said Klein, who was more than 20 years younger than her husband, may have been trying to get pregnant. And that Ferrante convinced her that taking Creatine supplements would help. But investigators now say Ferrante slipped a lethal dose of cyanide in his wife's supplement.
According to a police complaint obtained by ABC News, one witness claims Ferrante asked for help buying quote "the best and purest cyanide he could
The complaint also includes this text message exchange between husband and wife the day Klein was allegedly poisoned.
Klein writing "according to my calendar I ovulate tomorrow."
Police said Ferrante responded: "perfect timing. Creatine."
She asks: "Will it stimulate egg production too?"
Ferrante allegedly responds with a smiley face.
Police now say they have found evidence Ferrante believed his wife was having an affair and that he confronted her three times in the weeks leading up to
Police documents also allege "Ferrante did not want an autopsy performed" and instructed that Klein's body be cremated. Police said despite those Instructions, an autopsy was performed, revealing cyanide poisoning.
Ferrante's lawyer said the allegations are false and that his client was on his way to turn himself into police in Pittsburgh when he was pulled over in West Virginia.
"He's anxious to defend himself, have his day in court and prove his Innocence,” said William Difenderfer, the attorney representing Ferrante.
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