- Amy Bishop, a former biology professor at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of capital murder and three counts of attempted murder just over two and a half years after killing three colleagues and wounding three others during a departmental meeting in February 2010.
- Bishop had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the case--where prosecutors were seeking the death penalty--and is now expected to receive life in prison without parole.
- The department is still dealing with the fallout from the murders, says Joseph G. Leahy, an associate professor who was shot in the head, but the guilty plea and upcoming sentencing will finally allow everyone to breathe a sigh of relief.
From the article:
For former faculty colleagues of Amy Bishop, the news that she had pleaded guilty to capital murder on Tuesday was a welcome development. To some it brought relief, and to others, comfort. With the legal case nearing an end, they held out hope that the pleas would help them move on more easily. Ms. Bishop, who was a professor of biology at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, is accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others during a departmental meeting just over two and a half years ago. She had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors were seeking the...