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Amy Bishop's parents: Son's shooting an accident
At inquest, Ala. university shooting suspect's parents say son's 1986 death an accident
By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' A former Boston-area woman's parents have defended their daughter's shooting of her brother in 1986, saying it was an accident.

Amy Bishop's mother says in inquest records that her daughter asked for help unloading a rifle and that when her son reached for it, the weapon discharged. She says her daughter's hand wasn't on the trigger.

Amy Bishop was indicted in the murder of her brother in June 2010, after she was charged with opening fire on co-workers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in February 2010. Three people there were killed and three others wounded. Prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty.

The Boston Globe successfully challenged a judge's decision to keep the inquest records sealed. It has received a redacted transcript of the closed-door inquest.

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