Professor Charged With Murder in Shooting Spree

Alabama biologist may have been upset over tenure hearing
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2010 10:30 AM CST
Amy Bishop is detained by police on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus.   (AP Photo/Huntsville Times, Dave Dieter)
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(Newser) – The 42-year-old biology professor accused of shooting to death three fellow professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has been charged with capital murder, reports the Huntsville Times. Amy Bishop could face the death penalty if convicted. The husband of one of the victims tells the AP that Bishop started shooting during a hearing about her tenure status.

He said his wife had previously described Bishop as a "not being able to deal with reality" and "not as good as she thought she was." After the spree, in which three other people were injured, Bishop could be heard telling TV reporters, "It didn't happen. There's no way .... they are still alive." In 2008, the Harvard-trained Bishop and her husband developed a cell incubation system that the UAH president predicted would "change the way biological and medical research is conducted." (Read more Amy Bishop stories.)

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