Prosecution Rests, Defense To Open Case In Cyanide Poisoning Trial

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The defense was expected to begin calling witnesses after a final prosecution witness in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide last year.

The prosecution’s final witness is Dr. Christopher Holstege – a poison and emergency medicine expert from the University of Virginia. He testified that Dr. Autumn Klein’s symptoms and sudden illness was consistent with cyanide poisoning.

He testified that he reviewed the entire medical record of Klein’s treatment at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital shortly after she walked home from work and collapsed.

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He testified that she was not alert, not talking, still breathing and showing symptoms consistent with a seizure.

He also listened to the 911 call and testified that 66-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante’s report that she was staring and groaning with no audible words helped confirm his suspicions.


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