May 02, 2006

Cold-case detective tells why priest was suspect

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

Toledo Police Detective Steve Forrester explained today how and why the Lucas County cold-case unit focused its attention on the Rev. Gerald Robinson in investigating the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

There was a limited window of opportunity, police had eliminated virtually all other hospital employees who could have been suspects, and the killer appeared to be very knowledgeable of church ritual and symbolism, Detective Forrester said in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court murder trial of the 68-year-old priest.

Earlier, jurors watched a 90-minute videotape of a police interrogation of Father Robinson after his arrest on April 23, 2004.

Detective Tom Ross conducted the interview on April 23, 2004, in the Toledo police precinct next door to Father Robinsonís Nebraska Avenue home.

Posted by kshaw at May 2, 2006 07:01 AM