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Lawyer for researcher convicted in wife's cyanide poisoning death says he will seek new trial


PITTSBURGH — A lawyer for a former western Pennsylvania medical researcher convicted in the cyanide poisoning death of his neurologist wife is seeking a new trial.

Sixty-six-year-old Robert Ferrante is serving life in prison since an Allegheny County jury convicted him last fall in the April 2013 death of Dr. Autumn Klein. He has since appealed his conviction.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review (http://bit.ly/1iOGdBs ) reports attorney Chris Eyster said Tuesday he plans to use information from scientists who say that leftover chemicals from creatine that Klein was taking could have produced a false positive for cyanide in her blood tests.

Eyster also argues that the court erred by not granting Ferrante a hearing after sentencing when the state allegedly failed to disclose problems with the lab that performed the tests.

Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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