Hearing postponed for Pa. doc in cyanide poisoning

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The defense has requested that a preliminary hearing be postponed for a University of Pittsburgh researcher jailed on charges he fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide.

The attorney for 64-year-old Robert Ferrante indicated he needed more time to prepare for the hearing, which was moved from Sept. 23 to Oct. 22 by a judge’s order on Thursday.

Ferrante is accused of spiking an energy drink with the fast-acting poison, killing Dr. Autumn Klein in April. She was 41.

Ferrante’s attorney says the doctor denies any involvement in his wife’s death and remains “devastated” by her loss.

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