Judge delays decision on more money for accused killer Ferrante's defense

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A judge today continued an order keeping frozen the bank accounts of a Pitt researcher accused of killing his wife pending a hearing on motions next month.

Robert Ferrante, who is accused of killing his wife, Autumn Klein, in April, asked the court earlier this month to allow him access to his bank accounts to help pay for his defense.

Defense attorney William Difenderfer asked Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning, who will preside over the trial, to allow his client access to additional funds to pay for the complicated defense.

Judge Manning said he will address the issue at a hearing Feb. 10.

Judge David R. Cashman in July froze the assets, allowing the defense to have access only to about $280,000.

In addition, Judge Manning denied a motion requesting permission for Mr. Ferrante’s adult children to have visitation with his minor daughter.

It is unclear if the judge is instead going to refer the issue to Family Court.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620

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