- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A jury trying to determine whether a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher fatally poisoned his wife last year has wrapped up deliberations for the day.

The jury in 66-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante’s first-degree murder trial will return about 9 a.m. Friday to continue deliberations.

They deliberated about six hours Thursday before an Allegheny County judge sent them to dinner and to a downtown hotel, where they’ll be sequestered when they’re not in the courthouse.

Prosecutors contend Ferrante laced Dr. Autumn Klein’s energy drink with cyanide in April 2013, causing her to die three days later.

Ferrante has denied that and suggested his 41-year-old wife either wasn’t poisoned or, if she was, committed suicide.

Ferrante says cyanide he ordered for his lab two days before she fell ill was for stem cell research, and wasn’t used to kill Klein.

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