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Killer Professor Challenges Her Conviction — Even Though She Made a Deal

Amy Bishop

Amy Bishop

Former University of Alabama professor and Neurobiologist Amy Bishop, 47, has decided to challenge the guilty verdict and life sentence she received after opening fire at a faculty staff meeting on February 12, 2010, killing three of her colleagues and wounding three others. On September 11, 2012, Bishop accepted a plea deal to avoid the death pentaly. She pleaded guilty, changing her original plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Given the seriousness of the case, a jury trial was still required by Alabama law, after which she received a life sentence.

Now Bishop has decided to appeal the verdict and the sentence, a right she waived in the plea deal. Her attorneys filed documents with the court on November 5, and, not surprisingly, have asked to be removed from the case. Bishop is reportedly requesting a new tax-payer funded attorney. Given the terms of the deal she made, it is unclear if her challenge will be allowed to proceed.

An appeal in Alabama would probably delay extradition proceedings for the 1986 shooting of her brother Seth Bishop in Massachusetts.

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