Defense challenges search warrants in cyanide case

July 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Defense attorneys for a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of killing his neurologist wife with cyanide are challenging search warrants and subpoenas prosecutors used to gather computer evidence in the case.

Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey A. Manning heard evidence and arguments Thursday, but will take several weeks before ruling whether the evidence can still be used at trial against 65-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante.

Ferrante denies lacing an energy drink with cyanide before giving it to his wife, 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein, in April 2013. She died three days later.

The prosecution’s case relies heavily on computer and Google search records that prosecutors contend show Ferrante bought the poison using a Pitt credit card and researched the poison’s effects online.

Ferrante is scheduled for trial in September, before a jury to be bused in from Dauphin County.



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