April 15, 2006

Ohio priest to be tried for nun's slaying


4/14/2006, 9:03 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) A day before Easter in 1980, Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was found strangled and stabbed in a hospital chapel, the wounds on the nun's chest and neck forming what investigators say resembled a cross. An altar cloth covered part of her body.

The trail soon went cold and stayed that way for more than 20 years until investigators circled back to the priest who presided at her funeral Mass.

On Monday, the Rev. Gerald Robinson, 68, goes on trial on murder charges in a case swirling with allegations of an official cover-up, rumors of sexual abuse rites among priests, and suspicions that the killing was some kind of ritual slaying. Robinson could get life in prison if convicted.

Posted by kshaw at April 15, 2006 09:01 AM