Ohio Priest Convicted In Nun's Death Loses Appeal

By Salon Staff

Published January 9, 2012 8:54PM (EST)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in a hospital chapel in Ohio has lost his bid for a new trial.

A judge in Toledo turned down the priest's appeal Monday.

Attorneys for the Rev. Gerald Robinson had argued that police reports discovered after his trial could have changed the outcome. But the judge ruled that the reports didn't contain any relevant information.

It has been more than five years since jurors convicted Robinson of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980 at Mercy Hospital in Toledo, where both worked.

Robinson was the hospital chaplain and presided at the nun's funeral. He wasn't charged until 24 years later after investigators reopened the case.

Church historians say it's the only documented case of a Catholic priest killing a nun.

Salon Staff

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