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Bishop defense to cost taxpayers more than half a million dollars

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Amy Bishop Anderson in court. Amy Bishop Anderson in court.

Court records filed Tuesday show Amy Bishop Anderson defense costs have topped $500,00. The UAH shooter was approved indigent status before trial.

Judge Alan Mann has ordered payments of $100,426.91 to defense attorney Roy Miller. Another order grants co-council Barry Abston $452,681.28.

An order filed for the third member of the defense team, Robert Tuten, did not list a dollar amount. That order stated Tuten's bill was reasonable, but the certification is not an approval for the amount submitted.

Bishop Anderson shot six people during a biology department meeting at UAH in February 2010. Three of the victims died.

Bishop Anderson pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

She also agreed to plead guilty to capital murder. In the state of Alabama, a defendant pleading guilty to capital murder must go before a jury. Bishop Anderson's jury found her guilty and sentenced her to life in prison without parole.

Bishop Anderson is now appealing that verdict and sentence. A notice of appeal was filed in Madison County Circuit Court, but no reasons for appeal have been given.

Attorney Ronald Smith was appointed to represent Bishop Anderson during the appeals process.

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