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November 6, 2012

Defense lawyers seek to leave mass shooting case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer who represented ex-professor Amy Bishop says he and her other attorneys had to step aside once she decided to appeal her guilty plea to killing three people.

Bishop waived her right to appeal after admitting she killed three colleagues and wounded three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Despite that, she told her lawyers Monday to challenge the conviction.

Defense attorney Roy Miller said Tuesday the decision put Bishop at odds with him and her two other lawyers, so they asked a judge to leave the case.

Miller says that's because Bishop may now claim they did a poor job representing her.

The lawyers worked out a plea deal that saved Bishop a possible death sentence for the mass shooting. She's now serving a life term.

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