Virginia Tech Shooting Lawsuit Heading to Trial
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of two Virginia Tech students killed during a campus rampage nearly five years ago.
The trial began Monday in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg. University officials will be asked to defend their actions April 16, 2007, when a student gunman killed 32 people, then himself.
Attorneys will select nine jurors, including two alternates, for the trial that's expected to last all week.
The lawsuit was filed by the parents of Julia K. Pryde and Erin N. Peterson, two students killed in the deadliest shooting spree in modern U.S. history.
Attorneys for the parents maintain officials waited too long before alerting students to the first shootings on the Blacksburg campus. Tech officials defend their actions.