Files Handed over in Nun's Murder Case

Associated Press, carried in Cleveland Plain Dealer [Toledo OH]
May 25, 2004

Toledo- Prosecutors turned over documents and a videotaped interview to lawyers representing a priest accused of killing a nun 24 years ago in a ritualistic slaying.

Both sides met in Lucas County Common Pleas Court for a brief pretrial hearing on Monday.

Prosecutors gave defense lawyers 107 pages of documents along with a videotape of an interview authorities conducted with the Rev. Gerald Robinson.

Robinson, who was not at the hearing, is charged with strangling and stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl over Easter weekend in 1980. He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

Robinson, long a suspect in the death of Pahl, 71, was arrested April 23. Pahl's body was discovered in a chapel at Mercy Hospital, covered by an altar cloth. Investigators have described the killing as ritualistic.

Investigators reopened the murder case in December after the county prosecutor's office received a letter, prosecutors said. They would not say who sent the letter or what it said.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Toledo placed Robinson on a leave of absence, which excludes him from any public ministry.


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