HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Grieving relatives of three professors gunned down at a university faculty meeting questioned why their accused colleague was hired despite a dispute with a former boss who received a pipe bomb and the shooting death of her brother.
Amy Bishop is charged in the three deaths and the wounding of three other professors at a meeting Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
She was vocal in her resentment over being denied tenure and the looming loss of her teaching post, though relatives and students said she had never suggested she might become violent.
In 1986, Bishop shot and killed her 18-year-old brother with a shotgun at their Braintree, Massachusetts, home. She told police it accidentally discharged. Authorities released her and said the episode was a tragic accident.
In another incident, The Boston Globe reported that Bishop and her husband were questioned by investigators looking into a pipe bomb sent to one of Bishop's colleagues at Children's Hospital Boston in 1993. The bomb did not go off, and nobody was ever charged.