Jury Selection Set for Doc’s Cyanide Killing Trial

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jury selection was scheduled to begin in the trial of a Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide.

Opening statements are expected Thursday in the criminal homicide trial of 65-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante after attorneys pick a jury beginning Tuesday morning.

Ferrante’s attorneys had previously sought – and gotten – court permission to pick a jury from outside Allegheny County due to the intense publicity the case has received, but decided to go with a local jury without explanation. Attorneys on both sides are subject to a gag order and haven’t explained or commented on that decision.

Ferrante is charged with lacing an energy drink with poison to kill his wife, 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein, in April 2013. Ferrante has denied that and said he’s “devastated” by her sudden death.

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