Pa. judge issues gag order in cyanide poison case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has issued a gag order in the case involving a University of Pittsburgh researcher who’s charged with fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide.

Allegheny County Judge David Cashman also continued a previously issued court order to freeze more than $3 million in bank and investment accounts belonging to defendant Dr. Robert Ferrante and his dead wife Dr. Autumn Klein.

Prosecutors went to court Monday seeking to freeze that money to preserve it should Ferrante be convicted and ordered to pay restitution.

But Cashman indicated that he may also keep the money frozen to ensure that some assets remain to provide for the couple’s 6-year-old daughter’ who is temporarily in the custody of Klein’s parents.

Ferrante denies involvement in his wife’s April 20 death.

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