April 21, 2006

Jury set for priest's trial

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

After four days of in-depth interviews, a jury of 12 people and four alternates was seated yesterday in the murder trial of the Rev. Gerald Robinson.

Opening statements are scheduled this morning in Lucas County Common Pleas Court in what is believed to be the first U.S. trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of killing a Roman Catholic nun.

The court did not specify which jurors are regulars and which are alternates. Ten jurors are women; six are men.

Prospective jurorsí religious backgrounds, affiliations, and beliefs were frequently questioned by Judge Thomas Osowik and attorneys during the selection process, which began Monday.

Posted by kshaw at April 21, 2006 08:54 AM