A former University of Pittsburgh researcher convicted of fatally poisoning his wife wants a judge to unfreeze his assets so he can pay his legal bills and establish a trust fund for their 7-year-old daughter.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that attorneys for 66-year-old Robert Ferrante say a previous court order freezing his assets is violating his rights and merely preserving the money so his wife's family, and its attorney, have money to go after him in a wrongful death suit.
John Gismondi, who represents Autumn Klein's parents in that lawsuit, says he doesn't necessarily oppose a trust fund, since any money won in the suit would be used to compensate Ferrante and Klein's daughter, Cianna.
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But he objects to Ferrante's request that the trust be administered by his adult son, Michael, a financial planner.