The Pitt researcher accused of killing his wife by poisoning her with cyanide plans to waive his extradition hearing and return to Pennsylvania, his attorney said today.
Robert Ferrante, 64, was arrested Thursday night near Beckley, W. Va., on one count of criminal homicide in connection with the death of his wife, Autumn Klein, the chief of women's neurology at UPMC Presbyterian.
Attorney William Difenderfer said Mr. Ferrante plans to waive the extradition set for 2:30 p.m. Monday before Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick.
Judge Kirkpatrick said if Mr. Ferrante waives his hearing as expected, prosecutors will have 10 days to return him to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh police or Allegheny County sheriff's deputies will travel to West Virginia to bring Mr. Ferrante back, Allegheny County district attorney's office spokesman Mike Manko said in a press release earlier today.
Officials obtained a warrant Wednesday charging Mr. Ferrante with his wife's death.
Dr. Klein collapsed suddenly in the couple's Oakland home April 17 and died in UPMC Presbyterian three days later.
According to an arrest affidavit, paramedics spotted a plastic bag containing a white substance -- which Mr. Ferrante said was creatine -- and a vial sitting in the kitchen when they arrived to treat Dr. Klein.
Pittsburgh homicide detectives spoke with at least 10 witnesses while they compiled a case against Mr. Ferrante.
They wrote in an affidavit that Mr. Ferrante, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, asked a lab assistant to help him buy cyanide and get it delivered quickly two days before his wife collapsed.
Detectives quoted one witness as saying that Mr. Ferrante suspected his wife was having an affair and she intended to leave him. They also wrote that Mr. Ferrante texted with his wife about taking creatine hours before she collapsed.
Mr. Difenderfer, has previously said that Mr. Ferrante "is adamant he had nothing to do with her death and plans to fully defend himself."
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