April 26, 2006

Weapon linked to nun's death; coroner says letter opener fit jaw wound

Toledo Blade


Prosecutors in the Rev. Gerald Robinson's murder trial yesterday called a deputy coroner, a detective, and a forensic pathologist to the witness stand to build their case that a sword-shaped letter opener found in the priest's apartment was used to kill Sister Margaret Ann Pahl 26 years ago.

The tip of the letter opener's blade "was a perfect fit" in a wound found in the jawbone of the nun's exhumed body, Dr. Diane Barnett, a Lucas County deputy coroner, told jurors in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

Sister Margaret Ann was found slain on the sacristy floor in Toledo's Mercy Hospital, now a college, on April 5, 1980.

She had been choked nearly to death, stabbed 31 times, and her undergarments were pulled down to her ankles and her jumper was pulled up over her chest.

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