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Norfolk DA Seeks Inquest In 1986 Bishop Shooting Case

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Norfolk District Attorney William Keating said there are enough discrepancies and contradictions in past police reports to seek an inquest into the 1986 shooting of Seth Bishop by his sister, Amy.

The killing was ruled an accident, but the authorities have come under fire recently for how the case was handled, two weeks after Bishop allegedly killed three colleagues at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

"The more we looked at the reports, the more questions we had," Keating said at a news conference Thursday.

An inquest allows a judge to subpoena witnesses and compel testimony, including Bishop's mother, Judy, the only person who saw the shooting, and Bishop's father, Samuel, who told police there had been an argument before the shooting. Bishop's parents have refused to cooperate with investigators.

Keating revealed a new piece of evidence. Investigators recently examined a photo taken of Amy's bedroom after the 1986 slaying and enlarged it. They found a newspaper article that described a killing similar to her brother's.

This program aired on February 25, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Fred Thys Twitter Reporter
Fred Thys reports on politics and higher education for WBUR.

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