Judith and Samuel Bishop will cooperate in the judicial inquest into the fatal shooting of their son by their daughter in 1986, but they are sticking by their original assertion that it was an accidental shooting, their lawyer said today.
The Bishops, who have refused to speak publicly since their daughter allegedly killed three people earlier this month in a shooting rampage in Alabama, declined to speak with State Police investigators reviewing the death last week but will testify in the inquest, the lawyer, Bryan Stevens, said.
"They have nothing to hide," he said.
Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating initiated the inquest yesterday after he said the Bishops -- the only witnesses to the 1986 shooting -- refused to cooperate and his investigators discovered evidence that suggests their daughter, Amy, may have shot and killed her 18-year-old brother on purpose. Keating said crime scene photos show there was a newspaper article in Amy Bishop's bedroom that chronicled a crime spree that closely mirrored her activities that day. In addition, Keating noted discrepancies in the Bishops' statements to police.
The lawyer who is defending Amy Bishop in the Alabama shootings also said today that he believes the judicial inquest could turn up information that will help him to mount an insanity defense. He said the same of a federal review initiated this week of an attempted mail bombing of one of Bishop's graduate professors. Bishop had been questioned in the 1993 incident but was never charged.
"My position on this is, if you ever got right down to the truth of the matter of what occurred in those areas up there, I think I would be in a better position to prove she's got a horrible mental defect and has had it a long, long time," said the lawyer, Roy W. Miller.
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