State to begin Va. Tech defense in shooting trial

March 12, 2012 - 4:35 AM

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The state is due to call its witnesses in a wrongful death trial brought by the families of two Virginia Tech students killed in the mass campus killings on April 16, 2007.

Attorneys representing the state have presented a witness list topping 50. But they declined to say who they'll be calling when the trial resumes Monday in Circuit Court in Christiansburg, less than 10 miles from the Blacksburg campus.

They're expected to present expert testimony that will support campus officials who said they delayed alerting students of the first two killings, believing they were domestic and not a threat to the wider campus.

The parents of the two slain students are seeking $100,000 each, but say they're primarily interested in holding Virginia Tech officials accountable for their actions.