In a move that comes 14 years too late to save the three University of Alabama-Huntsville faculty members who were gunned down in February, Amy Bishop, the biology professor charged with those killings, has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the 1986 shooting death of her brother in Massachusetts, reports the Associated Press. Prosecutors who originally concluded that Bishop accidentally killed her 18-year-old brother, Seth, now say police failed to share important evidence, including an alleged carjacking attempt by Amy Bishop after the shooting. They reopened the case after Bishop was charged in February with shooting six of her colleagues at UAH, killing three. Norfolk, Mass., District Attorney William Keating said he did not understand why charges were never brought against Bishop in the 1986 case. “I can’t give you any explanations, I can’t give you excuses, because there are none,” he said. “Jobs weren’t done, responsibilities weren’t met, and justice wasn’t served.” Bishop had told police who investigated her brother’s death that she accidentally shot him while trying to unload her father’s 12-gauge shotgun in the family’s Braintree home. Her mother, Judith, the only witness to the shooting, confirmed her daughter’s account to police. U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, who was then the Norfolk County district attorney, said that Braintree police never told anyone in his office that after Bishop shot her brother, she tried to commandeer a getaway car at gunpoint at a local car dealership, then refused to drop her gun until officers ordered her to do so repeatedly. Those events were described in Braintree police reports but not in a report written by a state police detective assigned to the district attorney’s office…

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