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Jury Finds Amy Bishop Anderson Guilty of Capital Murder

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After less than 30 minutes of deliberations Monday, a jury found Amy Bishop Anderson guilty of capital murder.

Judge Alan Mann then sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bishop was remanded to the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections and led away in handcuffs.

Bishop waived her right to appeal the judge’s decision.  Her attorney, Roy Miller, spoke for her and said his client expressed remorse several times in the past two years.  Bishop did not speak.

On September 11, Bishop pleaded guilty to shooting six people in the Shelby Center on the UAHuntsville Campus back in February of 2010.  Three died – Dr. Adriel Johnson, Dr. Gopi Podila and Dr. Maria Ragland Davis.  Three others were wounded, but survived: Stephanie Monticciolo, Dr. Joseph Leahy and Dr. Luis Cruz-Vera.

Despite the guilty plea, Bishop still had to stand trial, because Alabama law requires the state to prove its case in any capital murder situation.


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The state called just two witnesses Monday, but both gave powerful testimony.  Dr. Deb Moriarity was in the conference room when the shooting happened, and described the scene in detail.  She said the gun jammed as Bishop was about to shoot her.  She also bolted the door as Bishop left the room and then tended to the wounded with other survivors.

Charlie Gray, a homicide investigator for the Huntsville Police Department, talked about what he saw at the scene.  The prosecution displayed photos of the conference room during his testimony.  Some showed the bodies of those killed.  Amy Bishop hid her head in her arms as those photos were displayed.