September 22, 2011
The families of two women slain in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting rampage will have to wait longer to know how their wrongful death lawsuits against VT officials will turn out.
The Roanoke Times reports that jury trials for both of the $10 million wrongful death lawsuits have been rescheduled for March 2012. The trials had been set to begin September 29, but plaintiffs requested a postponement because they said the Virginia State Police and a public relations firm that VT hired have stonewalled on discovery requests.
Special Justice William Alexander granted the delay.
The plaintiffs’ attorney also announced that his clients would be dropping claims against former employees of VT’s Counseling Center for alleged failures to follow up on mental health treatment for the gunman who inflicted the campus massacre on April 16, 2007.
Instead the families are expected to focus on gross negligence claims against VT President Charles Steger and former Executive Vice President James Hyatt, who the victims’ family members say failed to warn their daughters about a shooter who was loose on campus.