The doctor got a life’s sentence, and his wife was also a doctor. The lethal level of poison in her system was the one point that was the deciding decision for the the jury. He was not a very good witness for himself and they found Google searches with looking to find out how to kill someone with cyanide. He did not get the death penalty but this will be interesting to see if it goes for an appeal. BD
(CNN) -- Part of Robert Ferrante's job had been to manage a laboratory that conducted clinical trials using various drugs and chemicals.
Until he was accused of using one of those substances -- cyanide -- to kill his wife.
On Friday, a Pennsylvania jury determined that this accusation was well founded, convicting the University of Pittsburgh medical researcher and professor of murder in death of 41-year-old Autumn Klein.
As juror Helen Ewing told reporters afterward, "It was very hard for me to accept and to believe that he could have done it.
"Please, please, please," he said. "... I think my wife is having a stroke."
When paramedics arrived, they found Klein on the floor of the kitchen with a plastic bag containing creatine.
She died three days later.
According to a criminal complaint, several text messages sent between the couple suggest Ferrante urged Klein to try using creatine to get help her get pregnant.
One day before Klein fell ill, Ferrante had used a credit card to place an overnight order for more than a half-pound of cyanide. At the time the order was placed, there were no active projects at Ferrante's lab that involved the use of cyanide, according to the complaint. And when investigators looked at the bottle, they found that over 8 grams of cyanide were missing from it.
Cyanide is often used in research laboratories for experiments. In humans, in which it interferes with a body's ability to use oxygen to produce energy, it can be deadly.
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