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Ex prosecutor says mental exam likely was necessary for UAH shooter
By Ala-Huntsville professor probably needed mental exam in old shooting
Huntsville, Ala – - A former prosecutor who's now a congressman
says it's a "profound tragedy" that an Alabama professor accused
of killing three colleagues didn't get a psychiatric evaluation
when she shot her brother in 1986.
Rep. William Delahunt of Massachusetts was Norfolk district
attorney when 21-year-old Amy Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother
at their Braintree home. It was ruled an accident and Delahunt says
nothing contradicts that.
But he says state police weren't told that after Bishop shot her
brother, she allegedly threatened two auto shop workers with the
gun, demanding a car, or that she aimed the gun at police.
Delahunt said if weapons charges had been brought, his office
would have sought the evaluation.
Bishop is accused of fatally shooting three professors at the
University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 12.