Former UAH Provost dismissed from civil lawsuit

Family members of UAH shooting victims filed suits against, among others, Dr. Karbhari.
Family members of UAH shooting victims filed suits against, among others, Dr. Karbhari.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County judge dismissed the former UAH Provost from the civil lawsuit filed following the 2010 campus shooting.

Amy Bishop-Anderson shot six people, killing three in 2010. Family members of some of the victims filed civil lawsuits against Bishop-Anderson, her husband and the school's former provost, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari.

Dr. Karbhari filed a motion for a summary judgement, asking to be removed from the case.

The ruling states that Dr. Karbhari did not have a legal duty to protect the victims from Bishop-Anderson. The judge also stated there is no evidence Karbhari had "specialized knowledge" of Bishop-Anderon's criminal activity or that she would harm the victims.

Bishop-Anderson pleaded guilty to attempted murder and capital murder. She's serving a life sentence.

In a statement released Wednesday, UAH spokesman Ray Garner said,

We are pleased with today's court ruling dismissing all claims against former UAH Provost Vistasp Karbhari. The university has maintained since the beginning of this lawsuit that Dr. Karbhari was in no way responsible for the death of the victims of Amy Bishop's senseless act of violence. The loss of life resulting from this violence was a terrible tragedy for the victims' families, and for the university as well, where they were dedicated and valued members of our faculty. We hope the decision provides some closure to all impacted by Bishop's violence and allows us to come together to honor the lives of her victims.

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