University of Pittsburgh researchers' cyanide murder trial delayed by toxicologists' meeting


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PITTSBURGH — The trial of a Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide is being delayed by a national conference of toxicology experts.

The murder trial of 65-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante was to have begun with jury selection on Oct. 14, but that will begin Oct. 21. The Allegheny County district attorney's office says expert witnesses for the prosecution and defense were both unavailable for the earlier trial date due to the conference.

Testimony is now expected to begin Oct. 23.

Ferrante is charged with lacing an energy drink with poison to kill his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, in April 2013.

Ferrante has repeatedly denied that and has said he's devastated by her sudden death.

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