HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) - Amy Bishop Anderson's lead defense attorney said a series of conversations between his client and her parents ultimately led to her guilty plea and subsequent conviction.
Bishop's attorney Roy Miller told WHNT News 19 that his client's parents ultimately swayed their daughter to forego a traditional trial by pleading guilty, a decision that may have spared the former UAHuntsville professor from the death penalty.
"I do thank the Lord for giving her life without parole," said Miller, who called Monday's guilty verdict and sentence the best possible outcome. "She had reservations every day. She would decide it would be better to go for a trial, and then we'd talk with her, her momma and daddy would talk with her. I think she's very satisfied with the end result of this."
Miller made his first public comments on the case since a gag order was issued more than two years ago. The longtime attorney also said that Bishop never gave him a reason for her murderous rampage that killed three colleagues. But he said his client was remorseful, and had attempted to write apology letters to family members of the victims.
"She wanted to write them every day," said Miller. "We thought that would appear to be a self-serving declaration, so we told her not to write them."
Perhaps the most powerful moment of Monday's brief trial was when crime scene pictures of the three murder victims were displayed on a courtroom screen. Bishop immediately put her head down on the table, a move Miller said was done to keep her from getting physicall ill.
"We've got medical authorities up the scuzoo that's examined her, and he was showing her some of those [pictures] and she threw up," said Miller. "It was a bad deal. They had to get a bucket and this, that and the other, and we were afraid that was going to happen... It was provided in case that happened."
Amy Bishop's parents were not present in the courtroom on Monday. Bishop's husband James Anderson was also absent. Anderson has repeatedly declined to comment on his wife's case.