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Key Witnesses in The State vs. Father Robinson

Some of the world's leading scientific experts will take the witness stand for The State vs. Father Robinson.  Key witnesses include two well known forensic scientists, a forensic anthropologist, and the local investigators who charged Father Robinson.

 

TOM ROSS -- TPD DETECTIVE

Investigator Tom Ross is 58-years-old and retired as a detective from the Toledo Police Department after 30 years. He has worked on 200 to 250 murders. Ross now works for the Lucas County Prosecutor's office and has helped solve 34 cold cases. He arrested Father Robinson in April of 2004.

STEVE FORRESTER -- TPD DETECTIVE

Sgt. Steve Forrester is 50-years-old and has been a Toledo Police officer for 27 years. He also became a lawyer in 2003. Forrester is the supervisor for the Cold Case unit, and was there when Father Robinson was arrested two years ago.

DR. HENRY LEE -- FORENSIC SCIENTIST

Dr. Henry Lee is perhaps the most recognized forensic scientist in the world, and he's expected to testify for the prosecution in the Robinson trial. Lee is a D.N.A. expert and is credited with helping law enforcement solve more than 6,000 cases. Many people remember Dr. Lee for his testimony on the O.J. Simpson case and the investigation of Jonbenet Ramsey's murder in Colorado.

PAULETTE SUTTON -- FORENSIC SCIENTIST

Forensic scientist Paulette Sutton could be one of the most important witnesses for prosecution. She's one of only four people in the world considered an expert in bloodstain pattern analysis.  She testified in a hearing for the Robinson case in february. She expected to talk about blood transfer evidence.

Prosecutors allege a dagger-shapped letter opener was used to stab Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.  Blood patterns from that weapon were left on an altar cloth.  Prosecutors claim Father Gerald Robinson owned the letter opener and was in sole possesion of it at the time of the killing.

KATHY REICHS -- FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST

Defense witness Dr. Kathy Reichs is known around the world as a forensic anthropolgist. She helped identify victims at Ground Zero in New York City, and the televsion show "Bones" is based on her work. Reichs is also a best-selling novelist, and her books are based on her experience as a forensic anthropologsist.

She also testified at the February hearing.  The nun's body was exhumed in 2004 and the defense is expected to aruge that other weapons could have caused the wounds and bone injuries to Sister Pahl.

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