April 26, 2006

Ohio Priest's DNA Wasn't on Nun's Body

San Francisco Chronicle

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

(04-26) 09:23 PDT Toledo, Ohio (AP) --

Blood on an altar cloth covering a nun's body and DNA traces on her underwear did not come from the priest charged with her killing 26 years ago, a DNA expert testified Wednesday.

The DNA found on Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was likely from a man, but tests did not link the sample to the Rev. Gerald Robinson, said Cassandra Agosti, a forensic analyst with the state's crime lab.

Prosecutors said the trace of DNA was so small that tests showing it came from a man might have been wrong, or the sample could have been left by investigators on the scene or in the coroner's office.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2006 04:22 PM