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Ala. professor now charged in brother's death

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WKOW) -- The lawyer for Amy Bishop says a new murder charge brought against her for the 1986 shooting death of her brother could be used in an insanity defense in the Alabama case.

Roy Miller said Thursday that if the insanity defense is used in Alabama, Amy Bishop's life would become "an open book." If that happens, he says the Massachusetts killing of her 18-year-old brother, Seth, would definitely play a role.

But District Attorney Robert Broussard in Huntsville said the indictment, announced Wednesday in Boston, could aid the case against her.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WKOW) -- The husband of a University of Alabama-Huntville professor police say shot 6 colleagues went to a shooting range just weeks before the murders.

James Anderson told The Associated Press Monday that he did not know how Amy Bishop got the gun used in the murders and had no idea she had a gun before Friday's attack. He says the family didn't even own a gun. 

Police say Amy Bishop pulled out a gun and started shooting during a faculty meeting at the college in northern Alabama, killing three faculty members and wounding three others.

Anderson says he noticed nothing out of the ordinary and says his wife was acting like "a normal professor" in the days leading up to the shooting.

He also says he and his wife were cleared in the investigation of a pipe bomb sent to one of her former bosses in Massachusetts in 1993.

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