April 21, 2006

Prosecutor ties nun's cuts, priest's blade

Island Packet

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer
Published Friday, April 21, 2006
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Stab wounds in the chest of a nun killed 26 years ago match exactly with the diamond-shaped blade of a letter opener found in the room of a priest accused in the slaying, a prosecutor said Friday.

The tip fits exactly with a small hole in the jaw of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was strangled and stabbed a day before Easter in 1980, Prosecutor Dean Mandros said in opening statements of the priest's trial.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson, 68, is accused of strangling and stabbing Pahl, 71, on the day before Easter in 1980 in the chapel at the hospital where they worked together. The priest presided at her funeral Mass four days later.

Defense attorney Alan Konop said inconsistencies in statements made by witnesses over the last two decades will leave doubt in the minds of the jurors about who committed the crime.

"Pieces of the prosecutor's puzzle do not fit," he said.

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