Suspected Alabama University Shooter Claims She “Wasn’t There” To Do It
March 24, 2010
Alabama (ChattahBox) – Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama professor accused on shooting three colleagues after she was denied tenure, has been ordered this morning to attend a Grand Jury hearing six months from now, and has told them that she is innocent. In fact, she claims she was not even there.
According to reporters at the scene, she told police after being arrested 10 minutes after the shooting outside of the faculty building that she had not attended the meeting, and that she could not have been the shooter.
“‘I wasn’t there’ – that kept being the repeated theme,” Charlie Gray, a homicide investigator that answered the frantic 911 call, said. “Every time we asked her a question about the shooting she would say, ‘No way, no way. I wasn’t there. It wasn’t me.’”
However, despite this, the trial will be focusing more on her mental state with the assumption that she is no longer denying being the shooter.
Witnesses to the shooting say that she opened fire on the 15 faculty members at the meeting 50 minutes into discussions, shooting three people closest to her in the head.
She then is alleged to have gone into the hallway and asked a terrified witness to borrow their cell phone, and called her husband. James Anderson.
As the trial continues, defense attorneys are expected to argue that Bishop was not in control of her actions, despite police claiming that she appeared calm and aware of what was going on during their interview, claiming she had a meeting for a grant writing at 4:30 and had to get to it.