Amy Bishop Trial: HPD Homicide Investigator Testifies About Shooting Scene
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday afternoon’s testimony in the Amy Bishop capital murder trial included two witnesses for the prosecution: Dr. Deb Moriarity, who witnessed the shooting, and Charlie Gray, the Huntsville Police Investigator who saw the aftermath.
Gray was the second witness, and said he was the homicide investigator on call the afternoon of February 12, 2010. He responded to UAHuntsville and immediately went to the command post on Sparkman Drive to get a briefing on what had happened.
He reviewed crime scene photos of Room 369, a conference room in the Shelby Center at UAH. Some photos showed the bodies of Dr. Adriel Johnson, Dr. Maria Ragland Davis and Dr. Gopi Podila. Bishop, the defendant, put her head down in her arms as the photos were shown.
Gray also talked about Bishop’s jacket and gun being found in a ladies’ bathroom one floor lower. Bishop was arrested behind the Shelby Center on a loading dock. She had called her husband to pick her up, from a colleague’s cell phone, but a Huntsville police officer and Madison County sheriff’s deputy were waiting for her.
Dr. Moriarity, now the chair of the UAHuntsville biology department, also took the stand to testify about what she witnessed inside the conference room.
Dr. Moriarity survived the shooting in the Shelby Center where three people were killed and three others were injured. She described the scene, as well as interactions she had with Bishop in the months that led up to the shooting.
She talked about the tenure process, which lasts five years. Dr. Moriarity said Bishop was denied tenure, then appealed, but was denied again. She said Bishop was upset by this, and at one time, said she was going to commit suicide, but her demeanor had improved later that day.
Monday morning, a panel of 12 jurors and two alternates was seated. Jury selection for Bishop’s trial started at 10 a.m. and the jury was seated by 11:30 a.m.
Madison County Circuit Judge Alan Mann explained to jurors what would happen in the case and dismissed court for lunch. He urged them not to discuss the case with anyone, including other jurors.
This trial is different from most capital murder trials because Bishop pleaded guilty on September 11. However, under Alabama law, the state must still prove its case against her.