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Accused Alabama Shooter Killed Brother in 1986, but Was Never Prosecuted

Chief: Ala. prof held in 3 killings shot Mass. kin

By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer Jay Lindsay, Associated Press Writer
Sat Feb 13, 3:53 pm ET

BRAINTREE, Mass. – A University of Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues at a faculty meeting this week shot her younger brother dead at their home in the Boston suburbs more than 20 years ago, but records of it are missing, police said Saturday.

Amy Bishop shot her brother in the chest in 1986, Braintree police Chief Paul Frazier said at a news conference. She fired at least three shots, hitting her brother once and hitting her bedroom wall, before police took her into custody at gunpoint, he said.

Before Bishop could be booked, the police chief back then told officers to release her to her mother, Frazier said.

The shooting of the brother, Seth Bishop, was logged as an accident, but detailed records of the shooting have disappeared, he said.

“The report’s gone, removed from the files,” he said.

He said people who worked for the police department then remember the shooting and he planned to meet with the district attorney over the possibility of launching a criminal investigation into the report’s disappearance.

A University spokesman said Bishop, 42, had been denied tenure before she was held Friday in a shooting at the Huntsville campus.

As Bishop was being taken to jail in handcuffs she said: “It didn’t happen. There’s no way.”

Attempts by The Associated Press to track down addresses and phone numbers for the previous police chief and Bishop’s family in the Braintree area weren’t immediately successful Saturday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100213/ap_on_re_us/us_ala_university_shooting_brother_2

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