March 23rd, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Judge sends Alabama prof shooting case to grand jury

[Updated 10:40 a.m.] District Judge Ruth Ann Hall found there is probable cause that Amy Bishop committed the crimes she is accused of and has bound the case over for grand jury.

Madison County District Attorney Rob Brousseau said the investigation is still ongoing and estimated that his office will be able to present the case to a grand jury in six months.

Bishop, 44, is accused of gunning down colleagues at a faculty meeting on February 12. The former biology professor is charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

[Updated 10:36 a.m.] In an interview with police shortly after she was apprehended on University of Alabama in Huntsville campus, Amy Bishop denied she was present for the meeting in which 6 other faculty members were shot.

"I wasn't there, it wasn't me," she said, HPD Investigator Charlie Gray testified Tuesday.

[Posted at 10:02 a.m.] Professor Amy Bishop who is charged with capital murder has been brought into court in Huntsville, Alabama. She's wearing a red Madison County jail jumpsuit and chains around her wrists and ankles.

Today's hearing will see prosecutors lay out their basis for a capital murder charge against the former University of Alabama professor and a judge will determine whether there's enough evidence for her to stand trial.

Bishop, 44, is accused of gunning down colleagues at a faculty meeting on February 12. The former biology professor is charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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  1. Bill

    "I was not there" is she trying to plead guilty by reason of insanity? it sort of looks like the move on her part. I think she will not get a chance if the facts are presented by those who were there and saw what this woman did. The real issue was the fact that she didn't get charged in her brother's death.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kim

    apparently she things she has gotten away with murdar and attempted murder in the past, why not get away with this too. Not gonna happen, sister, not gonna happen.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ammie

    I would consider her a sociopath, but she doesn't have the key quality . . .charm! She's an abusive, explosive personality. I hope this case moves swiftly through the court system. I can't imagine another person being fooled by this woman.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. cey

    She is trying to act disassociated from the event. Classic malingering attempts here. The fact that she hid the gun carefully after the shooting shows she knew what she had done was bad. Also, asking for a telephone to call a loved one isn't consistent with a current disassociated state. And bringing the gun into the meeting also shows premeditation. Even if she snaps, she knew what she was doing and she knows the difference between right and wrong.

    Going to be an easy case for the prosecution here.

    This anti-social personality disorder monster will try her best at an insanity defense, but she'll fail.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. windrider

    This woman has been on the edge of flipping out for a very long time. If her husband and family had put more effort into getting her some help instead of enabling her paranoia and delusions, those Alabama faculty and staff members might still be alive. Her inability to deal with reality has been a matter of record for well over a decade. I don't think the defense will have much trouble proving she's looney tunes. That won't set her free but it may get her into a clinical setting where her delusions and paranoia can be treated.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Janice

    As you add your opinions, please remember this a sad, sad situation, which affected many people in Huntsville. On the day it happened, people reeling from the event, and desiring to be left alone, were bothered by news people trying to find you a story. Anderson has a husband and children- how would you feel if you had to try to hold your head up and continue on with life while the whole country (and maybe the world) was adding their own opinions to a situation in which they only knew part of the facts? I'm not commenting on whether she knew what she was doing, or whether she deserves death. I'm commenting on how we as a people tend to devour others. Compassion is a trait we could all use more of.

    March 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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