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UPDATE: Murder suspect doc's extradition hearing set for Monday

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The attorney for a University of Pittsburgh researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide says his client wasn't fleeing police when he left Florida -- he was simplyMore >>
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The attorney for a University of Pittsburgh researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide says his client wasn't fleeing police when he left Florida -- he was simplyMore >>

(AP) -- The extradition for a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife will be held before a Raleigh County judge next week.

Kristen Keller, the prosecuting attorney in Raleigh County, W.Va., says 64-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante is due in court Monday afternoon.

Ferrante was arrested in West Virginia on Thursday after Pittsburgh police flew to Florida to arrest him, only to learn he had left. Authorities haven't said why Ferrante was in Florida.

His attorney says Ferrante was stopped while he was driving back to Pittsburgh to surrender to a charge that he poisoned 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein in April.

Ferrante has denied that through his defense attorney.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The attorney for a University of Pittsburgh researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide says his client wasn't fleeing police when he left Florida -- he was simply driving back to Pennsylvania to surrender.

Instead, West Virginia State Police stopped 64-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante on Thursday night. He's being held in that state until he can be extradited to Pennsylvania to face a charge of criminal homicide in the April 20 death of his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein. The extradition process is expected to take a few days.

Allegheny County officials says Ferrante left St. Augustine, Fla., on Thursday after learning Pittsburgh police were coming to arrest him. But defense attorney William Difenderfer says he simply told Ferrante to drive back to Pittsburgh to surrender.

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(WVVA) - A doctor from Pittsburgh wanted in connection with the murder of his wife is arrested in Raleigh County.

Dr. Robert Ferrante was arrested on the West Virginia Turnpike just north of the Ghent toll booth just before 7pm Thursday night.  Investigators believe he poisoned his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein last April.

He was arraigned around 10 p.m. and is being held at Southern Regional Jail.

According to an Associated Press report, a police complaint says  Ferrante laced an energy supplement with cyanide before giving it to  Klein hours after they exchanged text messages about how the supplement could help them conceive a child.

Defense attorney William Difenderfer has said Ferrante denies involvement in his wife's death, the AP report states.

Mike Manko, spokesperson for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office released this statement following the arrest:

"In the course of attempting to execute an arrest warrant for homicide suspect Robert Ferrante today in St. Augustine, Florida, our office was advised that counsel for the defendant had advised him of the warrant earlier today and told him to leave the state of Florida.  Because the defendant is facing a criminal homicide charge and has the financial means to travel anywhere, a national law enforcement bulletin was broadcast concerning this defendant.  This evening our office was notified by the West Virginia State Police that they had located the defendant and his vehicle near Beckley, West Virginia and shortly thereafter he was taken into custody.  Our office will be working with prosecutors in West Virginia to extradite the defendant in a timely fashion and on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh Police Department and our office, we would like to thank the West Virginia State Police for their efforts in taking this homicide suspect into custody." 
 
Ferrante is a leading researcher on Lou Gehrig's disease. He and Klein met at a VA hospital in Bedford, Mass.

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