High Court May Hear Virginia Tech Case

Friday, August 10, 2012

The wrongful death case against the state and Virginia Tech for the handling of the April 16, 2007, campus shootings may go back to court.

Both the plaintiffs and the defense in the case have filed formal notices of appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, which may or may not take it up.

After an eight-day trial in March, a Montgomery County jury awarded $4 million each to the families of Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde, two of 30 people fatally shot in Norris Hall. The jury found that Tech officials, as agents of the commonwealth, were negligent in failing to warn the campus that day of a shooter on the loose.

More than two hours before the Norris Hall shooting, two other students were fatally shot in a dormitory.

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