Lawyer: Cyanide suspect will OK extradition to Pa.

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Saturday, July 27, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An attorney for a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide says he will agree to be transported back to Pennsylvania to face charges.

Attorney William Difenderfer says Dr. Robert Ferrante intends to waive extradition at a hearing Monday in West Virginia, where he was taken into custody Thursday.

Difenderfer said Friday that his client wasn't trying to flee charges in the death of UPMC neurologist Autumn Marie Klein when he left Florida and began driving north.

He said Ferrante was "on his way to turn himself in."

Klein died April 20 after suddenly falling ill, and prosecutors say blood tests revealed a lethal level of cyanide. They say Ferrante purchased more than a half-pound of cyanide two days before his wife's illness.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

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