May 10, 2006

Prosecutor Confronts Accused Priest

San Francisco Chronicle

By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

(05-10) 10:32 PDT Toledo, Ohio (AP) --

A Roman Catholic priest accused of killing a nun 26 years ago in a hospital chapel shaped stab wounds into an inverted cross on her chest to humiliate her, a prosecutor said Wednesday in closing arguments at his murder trial.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson was so angry with Sister Margaret Ann Pahl that he also tried to anoint her with her own blood in a "bastardized" version of the last rites, prosecutor Dean Mandros told the jury.

The defense countered that DNA evidence doesn't link Robinson to the crime. The nun's underwear and fingernails had traces of DNA that was likely from a man but not from Robinson, said his lawyer, John Thebes.

Posted by kshaw at May 10, 2006 01:56 PM