August 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Roman Catholic priest imprisoned for killing a nun in Ohio has told a newspaper that he's innocent.
The Rev. Gerald Robinson was convicted in 2006 for killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980 by strangling her and stabbing her 31 times in a Toledo hospital chapel. He's serving a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years to life.
Robinson tells The Columbus Dispatch for Sunday's editions that he didn't do it and that he has no idea why anyone would.
But Lee Pahl, the victim's nephew, said he believed at the trial that Robinson was the killer and continues to believe it. He's also bothered that the Catholic Church hasn't defrocked Robinson.
Lawyers for the Ohio Innocence Project are continuing tests to determine whether DNA under Pahl's fingernails matches someone else.
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