Key Players in The State vs. Father Robinson

Here are the key people to watch in The State vs. Father Robinson.


The victim is Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, who was born in the small Williams County town of Edgerton, not for from the Indiana border.  She entered the Sisters of Mercy at the St. Bernadine Convent in Fremont in 1927. The sister had a nursing background and was the Associate Director of Nursing at Mercy Hospital from 1962 to 1966. She also worked in pastoral care and did sacristy work at Mercy from `71 to `80.

Sister Pahl was was strangled and stabbed at the age of 71 on Holy Saturday, 1980.  There were at least 30 stab wounds, which detectives say formed the shape of a cross.


The accused killer is Father Gerald Robinson, who was born in Toledo, and ordained in 1964 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. He worked as an Associate Pastor at Christ the King and St. Adalbert in Toledo, and at St. Michael in Findlay. He was also the Pastor at St. Anthony in Toledo.

Robinson served as a Chaplain at Sylvania's Flower Hospital. He was arrested in April of 2004 and retired from ministry two months later.


The lead prosecutor on the case is 52-year-old Dean Mandros who graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law.  He has been a prosecutor for 24 years, and has worked on several high profile crimes, including Douglas Coley and Joseph Green.  The pair was accused of murdering Summer El-Okdi near the Toledo Museum of Art in 1997.  Mandros also prosecuted Jamie Madrigal, who was convicted in the 1996 murder of Misty Fisher at a Toledo-area KFC restaurant.  He has been granted a new trial.  His other high-profile case was Anthony and Nathaniel Cook, the Toledo brothers who were serial killers in the 1980's.


51-year-old Chris Anderson is the second chair for the prosecution team. He's a graduate the University of Toledo's College of Law, and has been a prosecutor for 23 years. Key cases for anderson include Matthew Reiner, who was convicted of shaking his baby boy to death.  That conviction was later overturned.  Anderson also prosecuted Timothy Hoffner and Archie Dixon, who are now on death row for burying Christopher Hammer alive in 1995.

Anderson also prosecuted business mogul Ed Bergsmark, the owner of Cavalear Realty, for forgery.


Defending Father Robinson is 69-year-old Alan Konop. He graduated from the University of Toledo's College of Law, and has been a defense attorney for 43 years. Konop also has a lot of experience in high profile cases. He represented UT Police Officer Jeffrey Hodge, who shot and killed student Melissa Herstrum in 1992.  Konop also won an acquittal for Kim Anderson who shot her husband to death in self defense in Wyandot County.

He was the lawyer for Kelly Jagodzinksi, who left her dead baby in a wooden box behind Tam-o-Shanter ice rink in 2000.


Defense attorney John Thebes is also on the Robinson team. He is 44-years-old and another graduate of the University of Toledo's College of Law.  Thebes squared off against Dean Mandros in the Jamie Madrigal trial.  He also represented Jamie Pacheco, who was found not guilty of dropping a steel plate from an overpass that killed Dorothy Minggia in 2004.

Thebes was the lawyer for on of the defendants in a federal racketeering trial involving a group of suspects known as "The Outlaws."


The Presiding Judge will Thomas Osowik. He is 50, and a graduate of the University of Toledo's College of Law.  Osowik started out in civil and administrative law, but became a Toledo Municipal Court judge in 1991 and took the bench as a Lucas County Common Pleas Court judge in 2005.

He is currently assigned other high profile cases, including Dellmus Colvin, who police call a serial killer, and Tom Noe, who is facing more than 50 state charges.