ALABAMA: Ex-professor guilty in slayings
A former biology professor accused of pulling a gun from her purse and opening fire at a faculty meeting pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three colleagues and wounding three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of life without parole for Amy Bishop, 47, on the capital charge, and three life sentences for the attempted murder charges. Her attorneys say Bishop had mental problems. Bishop also is charged with killing her brother in Massachusetts in 1986. The shooting of Seth Bishop, 18, had been ruled an accident after Amy Bishop told police she shot him in the family's Braintree home as she was trying to unload her father's gun. But the Alabama slayings led to a new investigation and charges. People who knew Bishop have described the Harvard University-educated researcher as being angry over UAH's refusal to grant her tenure.
TEXAS: Fugitive found, convicted
A man who fled his trial a day before being convicted in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl was captured Tuesday after being a fugitive for nearly two weeks. Eric McGowen, 20, was found in an apartment in northeast Houston, said a Marshals Service spokesman. McGowen fled his trial Aug. 29, the day the girl tearfully testified about the attacks in Cleveland, 45 miles northeast of Houston.
GUANTÁNAMO: Yemeni detainee died in cell
A detainee who was found dead in the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was a Yemeni who had previously attempted to kill himself multiple times, his lawyer said. Adnan Latif, 36, was discovered unresponsive in his cell Saturday. "Latif's death is a tragedy and could have been avoided," said lawyer David Remes. "He was fragile physically and psychologically, and cried out for treatment." Latif, the ninth detainee to have died in the prison since 2002, was captured near the Afghan-Pakistani border in late 2001.