September 28, 2012

Mass. won't try ex-Ala. professor in brother's death

BOSTON  — Massachusetts prosecutors have withdrawn a murder charge in the 1986 death of the brother of a former Alabama professor who fatally shot three colleagues.

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his Feb. 13, 2010, file booking photo provided by the Huntsville, Ala., Police Department shows college professor Amy Bishop, charged with capital murder in the Feb. 12, 2010 shooting deaths of three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Bishop pleaded guilty to capital murder charges in an agreement that will send to her prison for the rest of her life and make her ineligible for the death penalty. A judge scheduled jury selection for Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, as a trial is still required under Alabama law because Bishop admitted to a capital charge of murder.

AP

The announcement Friday by the Norfolk district attorney follows Amy Bishop's sentencing this week to life in prison without parole for the killings at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in February 2010.

In a statement, the office said the life sentence they would seek in the 1986 killing of 18-year-old Seth Bishop was identical to the punishment she received in Alabama, so there was no need to move forward.

Authorities initially ruled Seth Bishop's shooting accidental. That was based partly on claims by Bishop's mother, who said her daughter didn't mean to kill him.

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