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Shooting victims doubt Bishop-Anderson will get new trial

Prof. Leahy was left blind in one eye after the shooting. (Source: WAFF) Prof. Leahy was left blind in one eye after the shooting. (Source: WAFF)
Moriarity recalled the day she said Bishop-Anderson's gun jammed, pointed at her. (Source: WAFF) Moriarity recalled the day she said Bishop-Anderson's gun jammed, pointed at her. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Some of the survivors of the shooting at the University of Alabama Huntsville echoed the sentiments of the Madison County District Attorney Wednesday, who doubts very much that the woman who pulled the trigger - Amy Bishop-Anderson, will succeed in her recent appeal to overturn her conviction and get a new trial.

Bishop-Anderson contends in her Rule 32 filing that she involuntarily pleaded guilty in 2012. She was subsequently found guilty of the shootings, which killed three of her colleagues.

Professor Joe Leahy was left blind in one eye following the shooting. Leahy doubts her attempt at an appeal will succeed.

"Since the day of the shooting, she ceased to exist in my world," he said. "It's a little bit irritating just to hear about it. I was in the courtroom and she waived all her right to appeal. Her being at Tutweiler for the rest of her life is just fine with me."

Department Chair Debra Moriarity came face-to-face with Bishop-Anderson that fateful day.

"She pointed the gun at me and I was saying 'Don't - think about my daughter, think about my grandson,' and she pulled the trigger and it clicked," Moriarity recalled. "I think I had a guardian angel looking after me that day."

Moriarity expressed disappointment at hearing Anderson was trying to appeal again.

"Having to think about it all again - the sadness, the loss, the anger... I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure justice is served in this case. I want her behind bars for the rest of her life."

In an affidavit Bishop-Anderson stated she is no longer on any antipsychotic medications and has a clear mind. She claims that she is now able to grasp “various facts elucidated.”

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