Friday, September 30, 2005


Trial delayed for priest accused of killing nun

TOLEDO, Ohio - A judge on Thursday set a new trial date for a Roman Catholic priest accused of killing a nun 25 years ago.

The trial for the Rev. Gerald Robinson is now scheduled for April 17. Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Osowick said that will be a firm date for the trial.

Robinson had been scheduled to go to court on Oct. 17. Defense lawyers asked for the delay so they could have more time to examine evidence.

He is accused of strangling and stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a 1980 Easter weekend killing that investigators have described as ritualistic. The priest and the nun worked together at a hospital.

Robinson, 66, was an initial suspect in the killing, but he was not arrested until April 2004 after police reopened the case. Robinson, who is free on bond, wore a black suit and priest's collar during the hearing Thursday.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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