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Doctor claims he obtained Cho records "inadvertently"

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - State officials are still in search of answers after the discovery of the mental health records of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho. The discovery of these documents raises plenty of questions that state officials, including governor Tim Kaine, don't seem to have the answers to.

Just like everyone else, Governor Tim Kaine, is left to speculate as to why sensitive documents that could provide important clues in the Virginia tech massacre, were in a box in this doctor's home.

"Common sense in me tells me that nobody should've been able to walk out of a counseling center with these kinds of mental health records," said Kaine. "They should've stayed right there."

Doctor Robert Miller - the former head of the Cook Counseling center is at the center of an investigation to determine how he obtained Seung-Hui Cho's records and why. Attorney Steve Benjamin believes many questions need to be answered.

"Whenever files are moved from where they are supposed to be, especially when they go home with somebody, especially under suspicious circumstances, questions are raised." Benjamin said.

Miller said in a statement through his lawyer that he obtained the records "inadvertently".  Leaving the state to determine if what he says is true and forcing the families of tech victims to dredge up old memories.

"There is never going to be an answer to this that will just wind it up and finish it, because it was just so inexplicable," said the Governor.

The last thing anyone thought they would be dealing with, more than two years after the tragic day.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, one thing is clear tonight. Those two lingering civil lawsuits against the state are now guaranteed to have an impact on the Tech legacy. If not for the efforts of the attorneys in those cases, the records may have never been found.

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