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Published: Tuesday, 3/6/2012

Jury process under way for Virginia Tech rampage

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Jury selection opened Monday 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 is being held in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Christiansburg, Va.

University officials will be asked to defend their actions of April 16, 2007, when a student gunman killed 32 people and then himself on the Blacksburg campus.

The shooting spree was the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

Top Virginia Tech officials are scheduled to testify in the trial brought by the parents of Julia K. Pryde and Erin N. Peterson. The Prydes and the Petersons were the only eligible Virginia Tech families who didn’t accept their share of an $11 million state settlement.



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