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UAHuntsville Shooter Amy Bishop's Trial Underway

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Opening statements have been given in the capital murder trial of former UAHuntsville professor Amy Bishop, who has pleaded guilty to shooting six people during a faculty meeting at the school in February 2010.

The first witness called in the trial is Dr. Debra Moriarty, who was in the faculty meeting that day.

The jury for Bishop's trial was chosen Monday morning.

Both Judge Alan Mann and the district attorney say they expect the trial to be short.

"This will be a rather accelerated procedure," said District Attorney Rob Broussard. "This will take a day, day and a half at most."

Broussard said they will call two witnesses in the case: the lead investigator into the shooting and an eyewitness to the shooting itself.

Bishop pleaded guilty earlier this month to killing three people and wounding three others in February 2010. She avoided a possible death sentence with the plea and instead faces life imprisonment.

But a trial is still required under Alabama law because Bishop admitted to a capital charge of murder. So lawyers will select a jury and Circuit Judge Alan Mann will hold a brief trial.

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