Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Priest Convicted In 2006 of Old Murder of Nun Gets New Hearing On Some Evidence

A Toledo, Ohio Catholic priest who was convicted in 2006 of murdering a nun 26 years earlier has been granted a hearing later this month on two challenges to his conviction.  In State of Ohio v. Robinson, (Com. Pl., April 11, 2011), a state trial court judge ruled that defendant Gerald Robinson is entitled to a hearing to adduce evidence from some 136 documents relating to the case that had been misfiled and never furnished to him before trial  Judge Gene Zmuda also allowed Robinson to challenge affidavits from his trial counsel that the state used as evidence in opposing Robinson's petition for post-conviction relief. Yesterday's Toledo Blade reports on the case. Testimony in Robinson's trial in 2006 suggested ritualistic murder was involved. (See prior posting.)