Ala. University Shooting Update

Mass. DA: Charges could have been sought vs Bishop

The Associated Press

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts district attorney says newly found police reports on the 1986 shooting death of Alabama university professor Amy Bishop's brother show there was probable cause to file weapons and assault charges against her.

Bishop's shooting of her brother at their home in Braintree was ruled an accident.

Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said Tuesday there was probable cause to arrest Bishop on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition. He says the reports don't contradict Bishop's mother's claim the shooting was accidental.

Keating says even if a grand jury had decided Bishop's conduct met a standard of reckless behavior for a manslaughter charge, the statute of limitations has expired.

Bishop is accused of fatally shooting three colleagues at a faculty meeting. She says it didn't happen.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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