Attorney joins defense team in cyanide poisoning case

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A new defense attorney has joined the team representing a former University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of killing his wife with cyanide.

Wendy L. Williams entered her appearance in the case against Robert Ferrante on Wednesday, noting that she would be joining as co-counsel to attorney William Difenderfer.

Mr. Ferrante, 65, of Oakland, is accused of killing his wife, Autumn Klein, 41, with cyanide.

Klein, who was the chief of the division of women’s neurology at UPMC, collapsed at the couple’s home on April 17 and died three days later.

Mr. Ferrante was charged in July and waived his preliminary hearing last month.

Earlier this week, the defense filed a motion seeking permission for a private detective to have contact visits with Mr. Ferrante at the jail.

That motion is expected to be argued today before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, who will preside over the case.

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