As a former Allegheny County coroner, Dr. Cyril Wecht has helped prosecutors put people accused of homicide behind bars. But on Wednesday he'll try to help a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife avoid that fate.
Wecht is scheduled to be in an Allegheny County courtroom as 66-year-old Dr. Robert Ferrante's defense wraps up its case.
Ferrante is charged with lacing his wife's energy drink with cyanide last year, killing 41-year-old Dr. Autumn Klein. Wecht is expected to contest that prosecution claim even though a positive blood test confirmed cyanide poisoning as the cause of death.
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Wecht is known for consulting on celebrated death cases, including JonBenet Ramsey and Elvis Presley, and first came to fame as a critic of the Warren Commission which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.