April 17, 2006

Trial of priest accused of killing nun will have TV-show feel

The Beacon Journal

Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio - The trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of killing a nun in a hospital chapel over Easter weekend 26 years ago will at times resemble a modern TV drama, with forensic evidence playing a starring role.

Among those expected to testify at the trial, which begins Monday with jury selection, are a medical examiner who has written a book on bloodstains and a forensic anthropologist who also is a best-selling mystery author and the inspiration behind Fox's crime show "Bones."

The Rev. Gerald Robinson, 68, is charged with strangling and stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980 at the hospital where they worked. Investigators say the 30 stab wounds on the nun's chest and neck formed what resembled a cross.

Police have said the killing may have been some kind of ritual slaying because of evidence found in the chapel and because Pahl's body was posed to look as though she had been sexually assaulted, even though investigators say she wasn't.

Posted by kshaw at April 17, 2006 07:06 AM