Lawyers want Bishop trial judge to cancel payments
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—Lawyers for the state comptroller's office want the judge in the Amy Bishop capital murder case to vacate his orders for payments to defense expert witnesses and testing.
The Huntsville Times ( http://bit.ly/yf78Cn) reports that Bishop's court-appointed attorneys have asked Circuit Judge Alan Mann to delay the trial until the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rules on the state's refusal to accept Mann's orders to make payments for expert witnesses and related testing of Bishop by a neurologist.
The defense argued that Bishop will not receive a fair trial without the assistance of the expert witness.
A trial date has been scheduled for March 19. Bishop has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of capital murder and attempted murder in the February 2010 shootings at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://blog.al.com