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Judge upholds Ferrante's conviction in wife's poisoning

| Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, 4:27 p.m.

A judge has upheld a jury's verdict that a former western Pennsylvania medical researcher purposely killed his neurologist wife by cyanide poisoning.

Robert Ferrante, 67, has been serving life in prison since an Allegheny County jury convicted him in November 2014 in the April 2013 death of Dr. Autumn Klein, 41.

Ferrante's attorney, Chris Eyster argued that prosecutors didn't have sufficient probable cause for search warrants used to obtain some evidence, and argued there were problems with a lab that confirmed the poison in Klein's body, among other arguments.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning rejected those arguments.

Prosecutors say Ferrante killed Klein by lacing an energy drink with cyanide and giving it to her under the guise of promoting fertility.

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