Bishop Lawyers Get $553K For Work, More Possible

Nov 20, 2012

Attorneys receive over half a million dollars for work defending Amy Bishop who pleaded guilty to shooting six of her colleages.
Credit Huntsville PD

Court-appointed lawyers who represented Amy Bishop before she pleaded guilty to shooting six colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are getting more than $550,000 from the state for their work.

Circuit Judge Alan Mann has approved payments for two of the three attorneys who represented Bishop in the 2010 mass shooting.

Mann on Tuesday ordered a payment of $452,681 for Barry Abston. Mann earlier ruled that Roy Miller would get $100,426.

Mann also says attorney Robert Tuten is due compensation for his work on the complex case, but he hasn't set an amount.

Bishop was declared indigent, meaning she receives a taxpayer-funded defense. Some of the lawyers' payments include expenses, but the breakdown amount isn't clear.

The former biology professor is serving life for killing three colleagues.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.