PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher wants a new trial in the alleged cyanide death of his wife claiming, among other things, her donated liver suggests she wasn’t poisoned as prosecutors contend.READ MORE: Former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine Becomes First Openly Transgender Four-Star Officer
Prosecutors said Ferrante put cyanide in his wife’s energy drinks to poison her.
But now, his defense lawyers are saying there is new proof that didn’t happen.
Ferrante says he got a letter in prison from a 62-year-old man who received Klein’s liver in a transplant after her death.
Ferrante’s lawyer’s say Klein could not have suffered cyanide poisoning and then gone on to successfully donate a liver. The liver would have been irreparably damaged if she had been poisoned.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
Attorneys are now appealing to a three-judge superior court panel to get a new trial and say the recipient of the donor liver would testify.
The recipient has written that his surgery went great after he spent a year on the transplant list.
Ferrante believes this new evidence could lead to a reversal of his conviction.
An assistant district attorney told the court that the evidence about the transplant was all available before the trial and is not a reason to remand the case.
The superior court panel will either rule on just the motion for a new evidence hearing, or decide whether or not to grant a new trial.MORE NEWS: Overturned Tractor Trailer Crash Leads To Closure Of Inbound Lanes Of Parkway East, Prompts Major Traffic Delays
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