Grand Jury Indicts Priest

Grand jury indicts priest on aggravated murder charge in nun's killing.

A Lucas County grand jury today indicted the Rev. Gerald Robinson on a charge of aggravated murder in the 1980 slaying of a nun.

The grand jury met Friday to consider the charge posed by prosecutors against the Roman Catholic priest, but its decision was not announced until this morning. Robinson has been in jail since his arrest on April 23 in the strangling and stabbing of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl during Easter weekend in 1980.

Her body was discovered in a chapel at Mercy Hospital, covered by an altar cloth. Investigators have described it as "ritualistic" slaying that has the Toledo Diocese looking into claims of satanic sex abuse by priests. Robinson's attorney, Alan Konop, says his client will plead innocent. Robinson can't face the death penalty because it was not in effect at the time of the killing.