Alabama prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the Amy Bishop case, her attorney confirmed tonight.
Bishop’s lawyer, Roy W. Miller of Huntsville, said in a phone interview that Madison County District Attorney Robert L. Broussard said during a court proceeding about a month ago that he would seek the death penalty.
Broussard could not be reached for comment tonight. He confirmed Miller’s account today in an interview with the Huntsville Times.
‘‘That of course does not come as any great surprise,’’ Miller said.
Bishop allegedly shot three fellow professors during a Feb. 12, 2010 faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, after she was denied tenure as a biology professor. She is also accused of shooting and wounding three other faculty members.
Miller declined to discuss the case tonight, citing a gag order imposed by the judge. He told the Globe before the order was issued that he would pursue an insanity defense.
’’I don’t think there are any other options much available,’’ he said in February, adding that Bishop did not recall the shootings shortly after her arrest. ‘‘It’s not a whodunit.’’
He said tonight that he meets with Bishop regularly but declined to discuss her state of mind.
Bishop also shot and killed her brother, Seth, in 1986 with a shotgun blast at their home in Braintree. The shooting was quickly ruled accidental by police, but current Chief Paul Frazier, in a stunning Feb. 14, 2010 press conference, said the investigation was mishandled and swept under the rug by the department, possibly because Bishop’s mother was a town official and told police the shooting was an accident.
In June, the Norfolk district attorney’s office, which re-opened the case amid the scrutiny, indicted Bishop on charges of first-degree murder. David Traub, a spokesman for the DA, said in an e-mail that prosecutors in Massachusetts will determine the right course of action when Bishop’s case in Alabama is resolved.
The Globe reported a pattern of odd behavior from Bishop in the years after the killing of her brother.
Bishop, and her husband, James Anderson, were suspects in the 1993 attempted bombing at the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a Harvard Medical School professor and physician at Children’s Hospital Boston. They were never charged.
Calls to numbers listed for Anderson in Huntsville and Bishop’s parents, Judith and Samuel, in Ipswich were not returned tonight. An attorney for Bishop’s parents, Bryan J. Stevens of Quincy, could not be reached for comment.
John M. Guilfoil and Maria Cramer of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.
Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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