Ex-UAH Professor in Court Today for 2010 Shooting

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- An ex-university professor who pleaded guilty to shooting six people during a faculty meeting in Alabama is in court for an abbreviated trial.

Jury selection began Monday morning for Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated biologist who went on the shooting spree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

She wore a red jail uniform in court and was shackled at the feet, seated between two attorneys at the defense table.

Bishop pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing three people and wounding three others in February 2010. She avoided a possible death sentence with the plea and instead faces life imprisonment.

But a trial is still required under Alabama law because Bishop admitted to a capital charge of murder. So lawyers will select a jury and Circuit Judge Alan Mann will hold a brief trial.

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