Ohio Court Rejects Priest's Appeal in Nun Killing


December 31, 2008

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's highest court has turned down an appeal filed by a Toledo priest convicted of murdering a nun.

The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday that it is declining to hear the appeal of the Rev. Gerald Robinson.

Robinson was convicted in 2006 of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

In 1980, her body was found Easter weekend in a hospital chapel where both worked. She had been strangled and stabbed 31 times in her face, neck and chest.

Robinson, now 70, was a chaplain at the hospital at the time.

The priest's attorneys argued that he did not get a fair trial because his arrest came so long after the killing. Robinson was sentenced to a mandatory term of 15 years to life in prison.


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