Judge Dismisses Civil Suit Claims Against Former UAH Provost

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A judge has dismissed the civil suit claims filed against former UAH Provost Vistasp Karbhari regarding the deadly shootings tied to Dr. Amy Bishop in February 2010.

In Dec., Judge Ruth Ann Hall heard arguments for almost 90 minutes regarding the lawsuit filed by families of two of the people killed that day.

The families claim former provost Vistasp Karbhari knew Bishop was dangerous before Bishop opened fire in the Shelby Center, killing three people and wounding three others.

Attorneys for families of Dr. Maria Ragland Davis and Dr. Adriel Johnson filed the lawsuit. The families insist former UAH President David Williams and Karbhari knew Bishop was a threat after being denied tenure.

Karbhari is now president at the University of Texas Arlington.

Bishop pleaded guilty to capital murder in 2012.  She is serving life without parole at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.

UAH Spokesman Ray Garner released this statement:

We are pleased with today’s court ruling dismissing all claims against former UAH Provost Vistasp Karbhari. The university has maintained since the beginning of this lawsuit that Dr. Karbhari was in no way responsible for the death of the victims of Amy Bishop’s senseless act of violence. The loss of life resulting from this violence was a terrible tragedy for the victims’ families, and for the university as well, where they were dedicated and valued members of our faculty. We hope the decision provides some closure to all impacted by Bishop’s violence and allows us to come together to honor the lives of her victims.