Criminal Justice

Prof Charged in Fatal Faculty Shooting Is Indicted Today in Brother's 1986 Death

After a biology professor at the University of Alabama was charged with shooting three colleagues to death and wounding three more at a faculty meeting in February, questions were raised about earlier incidents in her life.

Today, nearly 25 years after her 18-year-old brother died at the family’s Massachusetts home, Amy Bishop was indicted for murder in his 1986 shooting.

She will be returned to Massachusetts for trial after her Alabama murder case is resolved, unless she is convicted and sentenced to death, Norfolk District Attorney William Keating, who convened the grand jury, tells the Boston Herald.

If convicted in Massachusetts, she faces a sentence of life in prison without parole, reports the Huntsville Times.

“If I were the families in Alabama, I would be furious,” Keating said, apparently referring to the possibility that the later crimes could have been prevented if the Massachusetts murder case had been pursued sooner.

He also said there is no good reason why Amy Bishop wasn’t charged earlier in Seth Bishop’s death, which was initially considered accidental. It appears that authorities in nearby jurisdictions didn’t communicate about a wealth of potential evidence against Amy Bishop. Among other allegations, she reportedly drew a gun at an automobile dealership in an attempt to commandeer a getaway vehicle after shooting her brother.

Related earlier coverage: “As Bomb Case Linked to Ala. Prof Is Reopened, New Evidence Also Is Cited in Brother’s Death”

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