May 05, 2006

Detective: In wake of nun's murder, accused priest sought Valium

TOLEDO (OH)
Court TV

By Harriet Ryan
Court TV
TOLEDO, Ohio A Catholic priest standing trial for the murder of a nun 26 years ago got a prescription for Valium the day of the brutal slaying in a hospital chapel, a retired detective testified Friday.

Officers found a bottle of the anti-anxiety drug in the Rev. Gerald Robinson's quarters at Mercy Hospital while searching for evidence in the killing of Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl, according to the detective, David Weinbrecht.

The drug was "issued on the day of the murder from the hospital pharmacy," Weinbrecht told jurors.

The 71-year-old nun was strangled and stabbed to death on the morning of April 5, 1980, in a murder prosecution witnesses have described as ritualistic.

Posted by kshaw at May 5, 2006 02:47 PM