January 05, 2006

Priest faces lesser charge of murder in nun's death

The Plain Dealer

Thursday, January 05, 2006
Associated Press
Toledo - 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.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2006 08:27 AM