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Bishop's attorney speaks about defending client

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The attorney representing the woman accused of shooting and killing 3 UA-Huntsville professors said his client doesn't remember anything about the crime.

Defense attorney Roy Miller said Dr. Amy Bishop told police she didn't shoot anybody and didn't understand what was going on.

Miller was appointed to represent Bishop, who is charged with shooting and killing 3 UA-Huntsville professors and seriously injuring 3 more.

Miller recognized this won't be an easy case.

"It's a chore. It puts a burden on you. You are responsible for somebody's life. It takes a lot out of you," said Miller.

Miller, who's met briefly with his client, described Bishop as a "nice lady concerned about her children and the charges against her."

Bishop has been told about the shootings, though she claims there are holes in her memory.

Miller said Bishop is sorry.

"It tears at her. She's eaten up with what she's done," said Miller.

Miller believes Bishop's problems started years ago.

"Her history speaks for itself," said Miller. "Something is wrong with this lady."

That's why Miller said his client will undergo mental evaluations.

In the coming weeks, he'll talk in depth with Bishop Anderson to find out if the killings were over more than just denial of tenure.

Miller has to appoint co-counsel, which in capital murder cases is required by law.

He hasn't decided who that will be.

A preliminary hearing is next in this case.

Since Bishop was arrested and charged with murder, her husband has been involved in numerous media interviews.

Miller said it's not helping her defense.

"I cannot get him to shut up. He talks to everybody," said Defense attorney Roy Miller of Bishop's husband, Jim Anderson.

"He's a grown man with a full set of teeth. I've advised him not to talk to ya'll. I've made that expressly clear. If he wants to do it I can't stop him," said Miller.

Many wonder about Jim Anderson's role in his wife's crime.

"Did he have any part in this? I doubt it," said Miller.

But Miller said anything is possible and if evidence is found to the contrary, Anderson may not get off easily.

"Aiding and abetting after the fact. You can be charged as a principal," said Miller.

Miller said Bishop has spoken to her husband from a telephone inside the jail. He said Jim Anderson is helping take care of the couple's children, who are staying with nearby relatives. 

As for Bishop, she remains on suicide watch at the county jail.

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