May 09, 2006

Author Testifies in Ohio Nun Slaying Trial

Washington Post

The Associated Press
Monday, May 8, 2006; 8:39 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio -- A best-selling mystery author testified Monday that investigators may have compromised evidence while examining a puncture wound in the jawbone of a nun killed 26 years ago.

Prosecutors claim the Rev. Gerald Robinson used a letter opener to kill the nun, and an assistant coroner testified earlier that the opener was a "perfect fit" when inserted into the jawbone.

Kathleen Reichs, who is also a forensic anthropologist, said inserting the opener could have damaged the bone.

"It just makes common sense not to do that," said Reichs, who helped inspire story lines on the television show "Bones," about a real-life forensic detective.

Posted by kshaw at May 9, 2006 05:12 AM