HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Amy Bishop Anderson, the woman convicted of capital murder in the 2010 shootings at UAHuntsville, has apparently directed her lawyers to appeal her guilty verdict.
A court filing indicates Bishop Anderson contacted her trial attorneys on November 1 and directed them to file a notice of appeal on her behalf. The notice was signed by her lawyers, Roy Miller, Barry Abston and Robert Tuten.
Bishop Anderson pleaded guilty to capital murder in her trial, which took place in September. A jury found her guilty. In court, Madison County Circuit Judge Alan Mann went over her guilty plea with her and asked if she understood she was waiving all rights to appeal. Bishop Anderson replied yes.
Though the agreement explicitly states Bishop will not be granted an appeal, it does not technically prevent her from filing for one. Madison County District Attorney called Monday's surprise move "pure desperation".
"I think this entirely in line with her personality, self-centered, all about her," said Broussard, who successfully prosecuted Bishop's capitol murder case in September. "She probably went down to the penitentiary, realizes she's going to die down there, and doesn't like it. I'm not surprised... If she wants a trial here in Madison County we'll give her one. But I think her chances of prevailing are probably pretty slim."
Huntsville attorney and legal analyst Mark McDaniel predicted Bishop's attorneys would likely resign as a result of the latest move.
"I would think the next thing you are going to be seeing very soon is these lawyers are going to be filing notices to withdraw from this case," said McDaniel. "These lawyers she has are honorable men, honorable people. They are not going to do something that's contrary to their agreement."
Bishop Anderson is serving her sentence of life in prison without parole at Julia Tutwiler Prison For Women.