Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama biology professor accused of slaying three of her colleagues fatally on Friday, shot her brother to death in Massachusetts more than two decades ago, the Braintree, Ma., police chief told the Boston Globe. The chief raised troubling questions about how the long-ago incident was handled.
Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier said Bishop shot her brother during an argument and was being booked by police when the chief at the time ordered the booking process stopped and Bishop released to her mother. Frazier said records from the case have been missing since at least 1988. “I don’t want to use the word ‘coverup’ … but this does not look good,” he said. The Alabama shootings may have resulted from a dispute over academic tenure.