February 17th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Police: Records on '86 shooting involving professor found

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Previously missing police records on the 1986 shooting death of the brother of Alabama professor Amy Bishop - accused of gunning down her colleagues last week - have been found, and investigators said Tuesday they back a state police report that deemed the shooting an accident.

The Braintree, Massachusetts, police records show that police in 1986 believed they had probable cause to arrest Bishop on some charges in her brother's death. However, no charges were filed in that case.

Read the report on the 1986 shooting

Bishop is charged with capital murder and three counts of attempted murder in a Friday shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was a biology professor. She is eligible for the death penalty in Alabama.

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