Prosecutors Now Say Killing of Nun Wasn't Premeditated

Associated Press, carried in The Beacon Journal
January 4, 2006

TOLEDO, Ohio - Prosecutors who have accused a priest of stabbing a nun to death in 1980 now say the killing was not premeditated, according to a court filing.

A motion filed in Lucas County Court dropped the words "with prior calculation and design" from a grand jury's indictment. The filing also would reduce the original aggravated murder charge to murder.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson 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.

A trial for Robinson is scheduled for April 17.

Robinson, 67, was an initial suspect in the killing, but he was not arrested until April 2004 after police reopened the case. He is free on bond.


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