CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - A jury is set to begin deliberations in a wrongful death lawsuit that claims Virginia Tech officials botched their response to a shooting rampage on campus nearly five years ago.
Attorneys are scheduled to deliver closing arguments Wednesday before deliberations begin in the civil trial. They'll decide if Virginia Tech officials waited too long to alert the Blacksburg campus when a gunman began a killing spree that ended with 33 deaths, including his own.
Attorneys representing the state, the defendant in the trial, presented testimony from school administrators and police who said they believed the first two killings on April 16, 2007, were isolated and not a threat to the wider campus. That assumption was wrong.
The lawsuit was filed by the parents of two students killed that day.