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UAH responds to accusations from shooting victims' families

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Amy Bishop Anderson (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) Amy Bishop Anderson (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)
Dr. Podila, Dr. Ragland Davis and Dr. Johnson were shot and killed by Amy Bishop Anderson. Dr. Podila, Dr. Ragland Davis and Dr. Johnson were shot and killed by Amy Bishop Anderson.
Stephanie Monticciolo, Dr. Leahy, and Dr. Cruz-Vera survived the UAH shootings. Stephanie Monticciolo, Dr. Leahy, and Dr. Cruz-Vera survived the UAH shootings.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The legal team for UA-Huntsville responded to allegations they are "stonewalling" the families of the victims killed in the 2010 shootings.

Amy Bishop Anderson shot six people, killing three.

The families of Dr. Maria Ragland Davis and Dr. Adriel Johnson are suing Amy Bishop Anderson, Bishop Anderson's husband James Anderson, and Dr. Vistasp Karbhari. UAH cannot be named in the lawsuit and is considered a nonparty.

Those families asked the university to turn over specific records that will substantiate claims in Bishop Anderson's affidavit.

A response filed Tuesday points the finger back at the families of the victims.

Attorneys for the families of two of the UAH shooting victims said the university is making unreasonable demands when it comes to getting access to school records that may involve Bishop Anderson.

They want all records of any call or request for security detail from the president of the university, the provost or staff that may involve Bishop Anderson. They're also requesting telephone records and all emails regarding Amy Bishop to or from the provost.

However, the university said to pull all those records would cost $1- to $6.8-million.

So the families limited the request but say it would still cost tens of thousands.

UAH's attorney said they've agreed to pull the requested records but haven't gotten any response on payment.

The documents also give insight on just how much information UAH held on to following the shootings with the threat of litigation.

UAH preserved 60 computer hard drives from faculty and staff; that's equivalent to 500-million pages that if stacked, would reach the height of 58 Empire State Buildings.

The school's attorney added that nothing they are requesting is unreasonable.

Attorneys for the families of Dr. Davis and Dr. Johnson state they have "never encountered so absurd a demand where a university holds relevant and important ransom, apparently seeking to price Plaintiffs out of the litigation."

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