CHRISTIANBURG, VA (WWBT) – On Monday, Virginia Tech's handling of the April 16th, 2007 mass murders goes to court. A settlement could not be reached between the state and the families of two victims...so a landmark trial is set to begin next week.
For the next two weeks all eyes will be on the Christiansburg Courthouse. The parents of Julia Pride and Erin Peterson refused to take the 11 million dollar settlement from the state, opting instead for a jury of their peers to decide who's accountable for the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The parents of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson filed suit on the first anniversary of the shootings. They've been waiting years for an inside look into what happened the morning of April 16th 2007- from the people in charge at Virginia Tech.
Despite the judge in this case urging both sides to settle- the families will put the 2007 mass murderers- committed by deranged student Seung Hui Cho- on trial.
The lawsuit is against the state- for Virginia Tech's handling of that fateful morning. The State Attorney General's Office will represent Virginia. VT President Charles Steger and longtime University Spokesperson Larry Hincker are expected to be called as key witnesses.
Since the civil suit was filed, there have been numerous revelations.
The shooter's long missing medical records were discovered in a box in the home of the former director of the university's counseling center.
And the Tech review panel's report was updated. We learned, Virginia Tech officials locked down some administrative offices and warned their own families more than an hour and a half before the rest of the campus was alerted.
It could take several days to find an impartial jury because this case is so well known. The actual trial is expected to last at least 10 days. The trial starts Monday morning.