News Item: Priest convicted of murdering nun on Easter eve
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Posted by Adam
Saturday 13 May 2006 - 02:31:26


An Ohio jury deliberated six hours before finding a Roman Catholic priest guilty of the stabbing death of a nun as she prepared for Easter services 26 years ago, in what prosecutors called a ritualistic murder.

The Rev. Gerald Robinson, 68, was found guilty after nine days of forensic-intensive testimony linking him to the crime scene.

According to prosecutors, Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was stabbed 31 times through an altar cloth as she prepared for Easter services at a hospital chapel. Testimony showed that the stab wounds formed an upside down cross and her forehead was anointed with her own blood, an act of humiliation.

Witnesses said Robinson's sword-shaped letter opener matched the victim's wounds and linked to blood stains found in the altar cloth.

Robinson's defense attorneys presented evidence that indicated that DNA found under the nun's fingernails and on her underwear did not match Robinson's DNA.

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