Woman convicted in murder of 3 UAH professors apologizes in latest court filing

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The woman convicted of capital murder in the February 2010 shooting deaths of three UAH professors apologized to the victims’ families in her latest challenge to her conviction and following appeals.

“I am terribly sorry for the victims and their families, and my family,” Amy Bishop Anderson said in her plea to be relieved from her life sentence.

Bishop Anderson pleaded guilty to capital murder in September 2012. Despite the guilty plea, later that month Bishop Anderson still had to stand trial, because Alabama law requires the state to prove its case in any capital murder situation. After less than 30 minutes of deliberations, a jury found her guilty of capital murder and sentenced her to life in prison without parole.

Though Bishop Anderson exhausted her appeals in August 2013, she has petitioned the court several times for relief from her sentence through the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 32.

Last year, Judge Alan Mann shot down her petition for a new trial, stating, “At no time did the Petitioner appear to have any difficulty understanding the terms being discussed, nor did she appear by her physical cues to be anything less than alert and fully engaged in the proceedings. Nothing in this Court’s interaction with the Petitioner during the plea proceedings was suggestive of her not being fully aware of her constitutional rights and the punishment she was facing.”

Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard responded to her original Rule 32 filing, saying, “She never wanted to be accountable for her actions. She is now being accountable and she doesn’t like it. So no matter what, it doesn’t matter what you do.  If you give her a trial, you give her the death penalty, she will always appeal it and always be dissatisfied. She did what she did and now she has to live with it.”

Broussard added, “There couldn’t be a case that’s any clearer as far as somebody’s guilt of the offense. There’s no doubt she’s more intelligent than the average killer. But you know even the dumb ones down there in the penitentiary, they know how to appeal cases. So, she’s nothing special.”

Bishop Anderson is serving life without parole at Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka.