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article imageScientist husband accused of murdering scientist wife

By Tim Sandle     Aug 3, 2013 in Crime
Pittsburgh - A neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh is accused of using cyanide to kill his wife, who also worked as a neurologist at the same institution.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robert Ferrante, a professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been charged with the murder of his wife, Autumn Klein, who was also a neurologist at UPMC.
An affidavit released by the Allegheny County district attorney's office sates that Ferrante, 64, allegedly poisoned Klein, 41, on April 17 with cyanide that he had purchased with a university credit a few days earlier. She died some three days later.
Autumn Klein has been described by colleagues as “a gifted clinician and a rising star.” Her focus was on women-specific issues relating to the field of neurology, including managing epilepsy and other seizure disorders during pregnancy.
According to CBS News the couple had been experiencing marital problems. However, Robert Ferrante denies the charges and has stated that he will contest the accusations in court. A preliminary hearing will take place at Allegheny County Court on September 23.
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