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UPDATE: Pittsburgh doctor charged in wife's death waives extradition

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Photo by Caroline Bach Photo by Caroline Bach
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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife waived extradition in Raleigh County Court Monday.

Dr. Robert Ferrante was apprehended along I-77 near Ghent last Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest in Pennsylvania. He will now be returned there to face a charge of criminal homicide in the death of his wife, 41-year-old Autumn Marie Klein.

Klein died April 20 after suddenly falling ill, and prosecutors say blood tests revealed a lethal level of cyanide. They allege that Ferrante had purchased more than a half-pound of cyanide two days before his wife's illness.

Ferrante was traveling north from Florida when taken into custody by West Virginia State Police Thursday evening.

Attorney William Difenderfer said Friday that Ferrante was "on his way to turn himself in" when he was pulled over just north of the Ghent toll booth.

Allegheny County, Pa., authorities have 10 days to pick up Ferrante from Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

WVVA's Caroline Bach is in the courtroom and will have more this evening on WVVA News.

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