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Accused Alabama college shooter charged in '86 death

By Ros Krasny

BOSTON (Reuters) - A biology professor from the University of Alabama-Huntsville accused of killing three colleagues in February was charged on Wednesday with the 1986 shotgun slaying of her brother in Massachusetts.

Seth Bishop's death at the family home in Braintree, south of Boston, was originally declared an accident. But the case was reopened after Amy Bishop was arrested in the Huntsville shooting.

Bishop originally told police that she took her father's shotgun on the day of the shooting, and that she accidentally shot her 18-year-old brother while trying to unload the weapon. She was 21 at the time.

According to police reports, after Bishop fled the home in Braintree she tried to seize a car at gunpoint and pointed the weapon at police. Bishop was not questioned for 11 days after the shooting, and was never charged.

"Jobs weren't done, responsibilities were not met, and justice was not served," Norfolk County District Attorney Seth Keating told a press conference to announce Bishop's indictment for the murder in the first degree.

Bishop, 45, who has a doctorate in genetics from Harvard University, is being held on three counts of murder in Alabama after the shooting spree in a faculty meeting, which also wounded three others.

An indictment warrant has been lodged with Alabama authorities but because that case will take priority, Bishop might never be tried in Massachusetts, Keating said.

The Norfolk County district attorney at the time was William Delahunt, a U.S. congressman since 1997. Delahunt said in March he would not seek re-election.

Amy Bishop moved to Alabama in 2003 with her husband and their four children.

In 2002, Bishop was accused of attacking a customer at an International House of Pancakes restaurant in Peabody, Massachusetts, after learning that the woman had taken the restaurant's last child booster seat.

According to a police report, Bishop strode up to the woman, demanded the seat and, after a profanity-laced rant, punched her in the head while yelling "I am Dr. Amy Bishop."

(Editing by Mark Egan and Eric Beech)

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