May 06, 2006

State, defense focus on police work in priest trial

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Saturday, May 06, 2006
James Ewinger
Plain Dealer Reporter
Toledo - The first five defense witnesses in a priest's murder trial were all detectives who investigated the case - three of them when the slaying occurred in 1980.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson's lawyers have said the evidence against him is incomplete and contradictory, with many missing records.

Robinson, 68, is accused of choking and fatally stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a hospital chapel.

Alan S. Konop, the lead defense lawyer, spent most of Friday picking away at details in the Toledo detectives' reports. But Assistant County Prosecutor Dean Mandros seized an opportunity late in the afternoon, using his cross-examination of one detective to summarize much of his case against Robinson.

Posted by kshaw at May 6, 2006 09:30 AM