PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge is set to weigh whether to unfreeze the financial assets of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher jailed on charges he fatally poisoned his neurologist wife with cyanide.
The attorney for 65-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante wants the money available to pay for Ferrante's defense.
Monday's hearing comes as Ferrante is jailed awaiting trial on a criminal homicide charge in the April death of his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein.
Ferrante is charged with spiking his 41-year-old wife's energy drink with the fast-acting poison. The doctor and his defense attorney, William Difenderfer, have previously said Ferrante denies any involvement in his wife's death and remains "devastated" by her loss.
Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning may also be asked to move the trial, or bring in an out-of-county jury because of pretrial publicity.