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Judge To Rule On Frozen Assets In Cyanide Poisoning Case

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A judge is expected to decide today whether to unfreeze the financial assets of a Pitt medical researcher accused in the poisoning death of his wife.

An attorney for 65-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante wants to have access to the assets in order to pay for his client’s defense.

Ferrante is charged with killing his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, by slipping cyanide into her drink.

He has previously denied any involvement in his wife’s death.

A portion of a diary entry from Klein was part of a defense motion that sought to find other diary entries.

This one dated July 30, 2012, shows she was obviously concerned about attempts to get pregnant:

“I am here writing now because I am not sure who I can talk to about things. I just found out today my third IVF cycle failed. This to me is not even fertilization. I am not sure where to go from here. I just know that I am incredibly unhappy. Yet, I am not sure why. I have wanted another child for years. But, is what I want another child or what that represents to me? Why do people have children? Are they a representation of self? Do they represent more love in life? More satisfaction? More pleasure? Do I want another child because there are things lacking in my life? It is not clear to me. I just feel like something is missing in my life. I think that thing missing is love.”

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