Shooting Victims Want UAH President Named As Defendant

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new motion has been filed in connection with a civil lawsuit regarding the deadly shootings at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The plaintiffs want to name one more person as a defendant. Amy Bishop Anderson pleaded guilty to shooting six people in February of 2010. Three of those people died.

The 19 pages of documents make up the motion filed by lawyers for Sammie Lee Davis and Doctor Jacqueline Johnson. They are spouses of two of the victims killed in the shooting. Both want UAH‘s former president, David Williams, named as a defendant.

The 19 pages of court documents focusing on Williams hit public records late Thursday.

Lawyers for the husband of Dr. Maria Ragland Davis and the wife of Dr. Adriel Johnson want Williams name added to a civil lawsuit. The lawsuit now names only Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, UAH’s former provost, as a defendant.

Text of the court motion suggests both men knew Bishop Anderson was mentally unstable. Bishop Anderson pleaded guilty to shooting six UAH employees more than three years ago.

The documents recently filed in court claim Williams and Karbhari knew Bishop Anderson was extremely dangerous and protected their administrative offices with court documents call “concealed police.”

Both men are also accused, according to documents, of “leaving under police protection and failing to protect others and doing everything possible to prevent the truth from being uncovered.”

WHNT NEWS 19 worked the phone and email trying to reach Williams, Karbhari and a spokesman for UAH.

Williams is Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University. A person in that office told WHNT NEWS 19 he was out of the office until later this month. Karbhari is President at the University of Texas in Arlington. A person in his office told WHNT NEWS 19 he was in a meeting and unavailable.

The spokesman for UAH, Ray Garner, released this statement:

The plaintiffs are asserting the same claims that they have been making since shortly after the lawsuit was filed. After two years, no credible evidence has yet been identified to support a claim of liability for any university official. Plaintiffs’ counsel continues to assert facts that are simply untrue. This motion is obviously a response to defendant Vistasp Karbhari’s recent motion that he be dismissed from the suit on the grounds that he was not responsible in any way for Amy Bishop’s criminal actions. The party solely responsible is confessed murderer Amy Bishop.

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