Former professor's lawyers want trial pushed back

AP News
Posted: Feb 02, 2012 11:57 PM
Former professor's lawyers want trial pushed back

Lawyers for a former Alabama professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting want a state appeals court to delay her March trial because officials haven't paid for expert witnesses or testing by a neurologist.

The Birmingham News ( reports that Amy Bishop's court appointed attorneys say the state comptroller's office and a new office of indigent defense services have refused a judge's orders to pay for the defense experts or the testing.

The appeals court on Wednesday ordered the judge and state officials to respond within 21 days.

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.